Checkpoints, canines prove how important they are to the Border Patrol

Checkpoints, canines prove how important they are to the Border Patrol
Bundles of cocaine found in door panel of a Chevy truck. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Bundles of cocaine found in door panel of a Chevy truck. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Bundles of cocaine found in door panel of a Chevy truck. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Bundles of cocaine found in door panel of a Chevy truck. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Border checkpoints and alert canines are two crucial parts of the infrastructure that U.S. Customs and Border Protection relies on to help secure the border. The last two days show exactly how, with agents stopping drug and human smuggling at the I-19 checkpoint near Amado.

Tucson Sector BP agents discovered three illegal migrants in the trunk of a vehicle on Monday, Oct. 17, thanks to an alert from a BP canine.  According to the release BP agents arrested the driver, who is a U.S. citizen and is now facing federal charges.  The three people found in the trunk are from Mexico and are being processed according to CBP policy.

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, a truck was pulled for secondary inspection after a BP canine alerted to possible drugs in the vehicle. BP agents discovered several bundles of cocaine, weighing more than 55 pounds with an estimated value of $630,000, according to the release.  The driver of the truck was arrested and now faces charges of drug smuggling.

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