$1M worth of heroin, marijuana seized at border

Narcotics seizure

Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents intercepted more than a million dollars worth of heroin and marijuana last weekend.

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 9:31 AM

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents intercepted more than a million dollars worth of narcotics last weekend, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

During two incidents at the Interstate 19 checkpoint, Nogales Station agents stopped three people attempting to smuggle brown tar heroin.

Two Mexican nationals were apprehended Friday. Each was smuggling 4.5 pounds of the drug. On Sunday, a 23-year-old United States citizen was arrested at the checkpoint with 1.75 pounds of heroin concealed under his clothes. 

The heroin, with a combined weight of 11 pounds, has an estimated value of $130,000.

All three face federal prosecution by the United States Attorney's Office.

On Sunday, Casa Grande Station agents responding to a citizen's tip discovered an abandoned vehicle loaded with 1,800 pounds of marijuana.

Agents searched the area but did not locate any suspects.

A records check revealed the 2004 Chevy Suburban had been reported stolen out of Avondale. Pinal County Sheriff's Office took custody of the vehicle.

The marijuana, worth an estimated $915,000, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
 

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