TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents netted a combined 554 pounds of marijuana, 11 pounds of methamphetamine and 88 grams of black tar heroin, for an estimated street value of $300,000, according to a recent release.
Encounters with drug smuggling suspects began on Tuesday, Aug. 23 when several smuggling suspects were discovered south of Three Points in southwestern AZ. BP agents used surveillance cameras and an Air and Marine Operations (AMO) helicopter to find the group. According to BP officials, agents on all terrain vehicles approached the suspects, who then dropped their bundles of marijuana and methamphetamine and ran into the desert.
Later on Tuesday, Aug. 23, BP agents tried to stop a suspect driving near Arivaca. According to agents the driver threw bundles of drugs from the car, when it was eventually stopped the driver then ran from the car. An AMO pilot was able to guide BP to the suspects location to make the arrest.
Willcox Station BP agents stopped a vehicle they deemed suspicious on Wednesday, Aug. 24, and with help from a drug sniffing K9 located 112 bricks of marijuana, 88 grams of heroin and 14 grams of black tar heroin. According to agents $21,000 in cash was also seized from the vehicle. The driver and passenger were arrested.
Also on Aug. 24, BP agents at the I-19 checkpoint with the help of a K9, found more than five pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a vehicle. The driver was arrested and the vehicle seized, according to the release.