Border Patrol nabs multiple smugglers during weekend busts in southern Arizona | Crime
Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona had a busy weekend last weekend; arresting several smugglers attempting to move drugs across the U.S. border.
The first incident happened December 14, when BP agents working the I-19 checkpoint, arrested a U.S. citizen who had been attempting to smuggle heroin into the U.S. The potential smuggler had been a passenger in a shuttle when they discovered he had heroin strapped to his groin area. The 1.24 pounds of drugs were valued at $20,000.
In two incidents on the same day three U.S. citizens, who were attempting to smuggle marijuana across the border in their vehicles, were arrested. The suspects were picked up at the Highway 191 checkpoint by Willcox station BP agents; after nearly 93 pounds of marijuana was discovered on secondary searches of the vehicles. The bundles were valued at $46,000.
On Sunday, agents with the Casa Grande station responded to possible drug smuggling near Cowlic. One suspect was arrested, and agents seized 704 pounds of marijuana. The drugs were valued at over $352,000.
The drugs in each case were turned over to DEA for processing and all suspects face further prosecution.