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Jul 18, 2014 7:19 PM by Marissa Esquivel

$1.1 million in drugs seized, 23 suspected criminals captured

TUCSON - Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents had a busy week. They tell us they seized five vehicles, more than $1.1 million in narcotics, and arrested 23 suspected criminals.

On July 6, Nogales Border Patrol agents seized a Chevrolet Malibu and arrested two people for suspected human smuggling. It happened at the Interstate 19 checkpoint near Tubac. According to agents, a Salvadorian woman was found locked in the trunk of the sedan.

On July 9, Willcox Border Patrol agents arrested three suspects traveling in a Chevrolet Silverado. They were caught smuggling narcotics through the Highway 80 checkpoint near Tombstone. A canine unit alerted agents of the vehicle. A search led to the discovery of 37 wrapped bricks of marijuana concealed in a false compartment in the truck's bed. The seizure was worth more than $119,000.

On July 11, a citizen's report helped agents arrest a U.S. citizen driving a U-Haul truck near Tucson with seven Mexican nationals in the back of the truck. The Arizona Department of Public Safety assisted agents with the vehicle stop.

Later that evening, Border Patrol agents from Douglas, Arizona arrested a man identified as a "Special Interest Alien" from the country of Laos. Record checks showed the man was previously removed from the U.S. and has an extensive criminal history with convictions including assault, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, theft, and illegal possession of weapons.

On July 12, a Tucson Station Border Patrol agent seized a vehicle and arrested a U.S. citizen for human smuggling. Two illegal immigrants were discovered inside the car trunk.

That evening, Casa Grande Border Patrol agents seized more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana from a Chevrolet pickup truck abandoned by smugglers near Santa Cruz, Arizona. The narcotic seizure was valued in excess of $1 million. Agents also arrested two suspects in a scout vehicle near Pisinemo, Arizona related to the incident.

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