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Border Patrol Working Hard to Stop Flow of Drugs Across Border During COVID-19 Pandemic

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents working the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint near Amado arrested a pair of Tucsonans smuggling fentanyl and meth Wednesday afternoon.

Tucson Sector agents encountered the U.S. citizens driving a Honda Civic through the primary inspection lane. After referring them to secondary inspection, agents discovered the 24-year-old female passenger was concealing two bundles of pills within body cavities. One bundle contained 141.2 grams of the potentially deadly opioid fentanyl, the other 3.2 grams of meth.

Agents seized a combination of fentanyl and meth from occupants of a vehicle stopped at a BP checkpoint
Agents seized a combination of fentanyl
and meth from occupants of a vehicle
stopped at a BP checkpoint

The vehicle and drugs were seized. The woman remains in custody pending federal drug smuggling charges; the 30-year-old male driver, though released, also faces possible charges.

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Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents risk their own health and safety to limit COVID-19 exposure risks for the American public while continuing to counter unscrupulous criminals. Drug smugglers and their reckless actions jeopardize our communities during this time of restricted travel and public health concerns.

For more details regarding this media release or to schedule a remote interview via the LiveU system, please contact the Tucson Border Patrol Sector Public Affairs Office at tca-pao@cbp.dhs.gov or at 520-387-3210.

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