Arizona Customs and Border Protection: $1.3M in narcotics, 2,500 pounds seized near border

TUCSON, AZ - Arizona Customs and Border Protection officials seized more than $1.3 million in narcotics in multiple busts over the last week.

More than 2,500 pounds of narcotics were recovered by Tucson Sector Border Patrol in a string of stops over the course of a week, according to a press release.

Six bundles of crystal methamphetamine was discovered around the waist of an adult male on Jan. 25 near the Tubac, Ariz. checkpoint. The drugs are valued at $47,400.

That same day, two undocumented immigrants were arrested by Casa Grande Border Patrol agents and found with more than 635 pounds of marijuana, according to a release.

On Jan. 26, a Toyota Corolla was stopped on State Route 80 near mile marker 413. Four out of the six occupants in the vehicle were found to be Mexican nationals illegally in the United States. The undocumented immigrants were taken into custody and the driver and passenger were arrested for human smuggling, according to US Customs and Border Protection.

On Jan. 28, four undocumented immigrants were arrested by Border Patrol officials. Over 500 pounds of marijuana was discovered.

Ten bundles of marijuana valued at $225,600 was found on Jan. 29 near the Santa Rosa Mountains. No one was arrested in connection to that find, according to the release.

On Thursday, Jan. 30, an abandoned Chevrolet truck was found near Marana, Ariz. with 30 "bricks" of marijuana valued at $402,575. Sixteen shotgun shells were also discovered.

Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435.

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