BP seizes 1,363 pounds of pot, arrests three
February 19th 2012 · 4 Comments
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized 1,375 pounds of marijuana, 29 pounds of cocaine, 20 pounds of methamphetamine and arrested four people in connection to the drugs in three incidents Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
A Nogales Station canine unit working at the Interstate 19 checkpoint found 34 packages of drugs hidden in a vehicle. The driver, a Mexican national, was arrested after agents found 20 pounds of methamphetamine, 29 pounds of cocaine and 12 pounds of marijuana, the Border Patrol said.
The drugs, which had a combined value of $561,000, were taken to the station for processing and the person was held for prosecution.
Casa Grande Station agents found 19 burlap backpacks filled with pot and four cellophane-wrapped bundles of marijuana that were abandoned in the desert. A person from Zacatecas, Mexcio, was arrested in connection with the load, the Border Patrol said.
The person and the drugs, which weighted 1,119 pounds and are worth $559,500, were taken to the station for processing. The person was found to have an outstanding warrant in Las Vegas, Nev., for cocaine possession. The person was held for possible extradition and prosecution, the Border Patrol said.
Also on Thursday, a canine unit from the Willcox Station found 173 bricks of marijuana concealed in a vehicle in which two adults and one child were traveling on S.R. 80, the Border Patrol said.
The adults were arrested and taken to the station. Child Protective Services took custody of the child, the Border Patrol said.
The marijuana, which weighed 244 pounds and is worth $122,000, was taken to the station for processing, the Border Patrol said.
A version of this column originally appeared in www.tucsonsentinel.com.
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