Sep 25, 2013 8:15 PM by Brooke Bolek

Three smuggling attempts busted at the border

TUCSON - Three smuggling attempts were stopped on Tuesday by Tucson Border Patrol Agents in Southern Arizona.

The first attempt was made by a U.S. citizen who had three Chinese nationals hidden in the truck of a 2013 Cadillac XTS. The U.S. citizen was arrested and charged with alien smuggling and the illegal immigrants will be sent back home.

At the same checkpoint later that day, a Border Patrol canine alerted on a 2000 Ford Taurus resulting in a find of a small amount of marijuana.

After searching the driver and passenger, agents found more than six pounds of meth strapped to their bodies. The drugs were worth $65,000, and were seized and turned over to the DEA.

The two American women were arrested and charged for drug smuggling.

The third smuggling attempt resulted in a find of five bundles of marijuana in duffel bags in the trunk of a 2002 Ford Focus after a Border Patrol canine alerted an agent. The marijuana was worth $59,000.

The driver, a U.S. citizen, was arrested and charged for drug smuggling.

The Border Control has an anonymous toll free hotline for citizens to report suspicious behavior. Call 1-877-872-7435 to report activity.

Photo Courtesy: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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