BP agents seize $738,000 in drugs, arrest 6 during weekend stops - Tucson News Now

BP agents seize $738,000 in drugs, arrest 6 during weekend stops

(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector seized $188,000 in methamphetamine and $550,000 in marijuana and arrested six people in two separate incidents last weekend. 

According to a news release from Customs and Border Protection, the first stop was on Friday, May 19, at the Interstate 19 checkpoint. Border agents from the Nogales Station were working the checkpoint when a canine alerted to possible drugs inside an SUV.  The vehicle was pulled for additional inspection, where agents discovered more than 62 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle.  

The driver and the passenger, both women and U.S. citizens were arrested.  They now face drug smuggling charges.    

In a second incident on Sunday, May 21, agents with the Ajo Station noticed two suspicious vehicles that had been traveling cross-country on an un-established road near Why, AZ.  According to the release agents lost contact with the vehicles. 

BP agents on ATVs headed to the area and found the vehicles were stuck in a wash and were covered with camouflage tarps. The agents searched the vehicles and found more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana inside.  

CRIME COVERAGE: The KOLD News 13 mugshots of the month are available HERE.

A search of the area near the vehicles turned up four Mexican nationals that were in the U.S. illegally. According to the release, they were also arrested and face immigration violations.   

All the drugs and vehicles were seized and the suspects were handed over for processing. Both cases are still under investigation. 

MOBILE USERS: Download our app on your Apple and Android devices.

Copyright 2017 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Crime & CourtsMore>>

  • Files show rising alarm in Prince's circle as health failed

    Files show rising alarm in Prince's circle as health failed

    Thursday, April 19 2018 12:42 AM EDT2018-04-19 04:42:26 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 2:20 AM EDT2018-04-20 06:20:48 GMT
    (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File). FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during halftime of the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami. Minnesota prosecutors are planning an announcement Thursday, April 19, 2018, in their two-year investi...(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File). FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during halftime of the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami. Minnesota prosecutors are planning an announcement Thursday, April 19, 2018, in their two-year investi...

    A two-year probe into the overdose death of music superstar Prince is reaching a critical stage as a county prosecutor reveals whether criminal charges will be filed.

    A two-year probe into the overdose death of music superstar Prince is reaching a critical stage as a county prosecutor reveals whether criminal charges will be filed.

  • breaking

    UPDATE: Two suspects arrested in Wednesday's fatal shooting on Speedway

    UPDATE: Two suspects arrested in Wednesday's fatal shooting on Speedway

    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:25 PM EDT2018-04-20 03:25:34 GMT
    Suspects in Wednesday night homicide (Source: Tucson Police Department)Suspects in Wednesday night homicide (Source: Tucson Police Department)
    Suspects in Wednesday night homicide (Source: Tucson Police Department)Suspects in Wednesday night homicide (Source: Tucson Police Department)

    The Tucson Police Department is reporting that two suspects in the fatal shooting at a hotel on Speedway Wednesday night have been arrested.  

    The Tucson Police Department is reporting that two suspects in the fatal shooting at a hotel on Speedway Wednesday night have been arrested.  

  • Pinal Co. Sheriff's Office: Gilbert man to face several charges after undercover sting

    Pinal Co. Sheriff's Office: Gilbert man to face several charges after undercover sting

    Thursday, April 19 2018 9:59 PM EDT2018-04-20 01:59:57 GMT
    Shawn Sethi (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)Shawn Sethi (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)

    The Pinal County Sheriff's Office arrested 25-year-old Shawn Sethi in Florence on Wednesday, April 18. According to a PCSO news release, Sethi started a conversation in a social media application with an undercover PCSO investigator who was posing as a 14-year-old girl. 

    The Pinal County Sheriff's Office arrested 25-year-old Shawn Sethi in Florence on Wednesday, April 18. According to a PCSO news release, Sethi started a conversation in a social media application with an undercover PCSO investigator who was posing as a 14-year-old girl. 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • American ISIS wife endured horror, now wants to come home

    American ISIS wife endured horror, now wants to come home

    Thursday, April 19 2018 7:26 PM EDT2018-04-19 23:26:55 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 9:02 PM EDT2018-04-20 01:02:08 GMT

    Sam Sally says she was coerced by her husband, who has since died, into crossing into ISIS territory while on vacation in Turkey four years ago.

    Sam Sally says she was coerced by her husband, who has since died, into crossing into ISIS territory while on vacation in Turkey four years ago.

  • 1 student injured in Florida school shooting; suspect in custody

    1 student injured in Florida school shooting; suspect in custody

    Friday, April 20 2018 9:27 AM EDT2018-04-20 13:27:44 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 10:39 AM EDT2018-04-20 14:39:55 GMT

    One student was injured in a school shooting at Forest High School in Ocala, FL. Police say the shooter is another student.

    One student was injured in a school shooting at Forest High School in Ocala, FL. Police say the shooter is another student.

  • Couple killed Vietnam vet, burned body while kids watched, authorities say

    Couple killed Vietnam vet, burned body while kids watched, authorities say

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:58 AM EDT2018-04-20 11:58:17 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 7:58 AM EDT2018-04-20 11:58:17 GMT
    Stacie Mendoza and her husband, Jose Mendoza, were arrested in the torture and murder of a Vietnam War veteran. (Hanford Police Department via AP)Stacie Mendoza and her husband, Jose Mendoza, were arrested in the torture and murder of a Vietnam War veteran. (Hanford Police Department via AP)

    Authorities believe Stacie Mendoza, a waitress, used her friendship with Kenneth Coyle to get access to his financial information.

    Authorities believe Stacie Mendoza, a waitress, used her friendship with Kenneth Coyle to get access to his financial information.

Powered by Frankly