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Border Patrol seizes narcotics in multiple weekend incidents

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Border Patrol seizes narcotics in multiple weekend incidents

CREATED Feb 26, 2013

Web Producer: Mekita Rivas

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - In multiple weekend incidents, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents intercepted more than a million dollars worth of narcotics.

In a news release, the agency said that during two incidents at the Interstate 19 checkpoint, Nogales Station agents stopped three individuals attempting to smuggle brown-tar heroin.

Two Mexican nationals were apprehended Friday and each was smuggling 4.5 pounds of the drug.

On Sunday, a 23-year-old U.S. citizen was arrested at the checkpoint with 1.75 pounds of heroin concealed under his clothes. 

In both cases, the smugglers face federal prosecution by the United States Attorney's Office. The heroin, with a combined weight of 11 pounds, has an estimated value of $130,000. 

Also on Sunday, Casa Grande Station agents responded to a citizen's tip about an abandoned vehicle loaded with 1,800 pounds of marijuana. A records check showed that the 2004 Chevy Suburban had been reported stolen out of Avondale, Ariz.

Agents searched the area but did not locate any suspects. The marijuana, worth an estimated $915,000, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Pinal County Sheriff's Office took custody of the vehicle.