Border Patrol stops multiple smugglers during holiday weekend | Crime
In four separate incidents over the Veterans Day weekend, Border Patrol agents with the Tucson Sector successfully stopped multiple smuggling attempts in southern Arizona.
The first incident occurred November 8, while agents were working the Hwy 191 checkpoint. Two U.S citizens were stopped for a secondary inspection, after a canine unit alerted to possible drugs in their vehicle. After a thorough search of the truck, agents discovered two grams of marijuana, 39 grams of methamphetamine, three oxycodone pills, seven grams of mushrooms and two handguns. The two were arrested and charged with narcotics smuggling.
A second incident and arrest was made on the evening of November 10. BP agents at the Willcox station stopped a vehicle on Hwy 185 for secondary inspection. Agents found three illegal aliens, two of which had been stuck in the trunk of the car. While agents were inspecting the car the driver ran off, heading into the desert. The three suspects were arrested for crossing over into the U.S. illegally. Additional agents were called in to search for the driver, but were unsuccessful in locating him.
The third incident also occurred on the evening of November 10. BP agents working near Amado at the I-19 checkpoint found two illegal aliens in the trunk of a sedan. The driver and passenger were arrested and will be turned over to the U.S. Attorney for human smuggling, while the two undocumented aliens were arrested for being in the U.S. illegally.
The last incident happened on November 11, near Three Points. BP agents, from the Tucson station, found five illegal aliens hiding in the trunk of car, during an inspection at the SR 86 checkpoint. All five were arrested and charged with being in the country illegally, while the driver was arrested for human smuggling and faces federal prosecution.
All vehicles involved in these incidents were seized by the Border Patrol.