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Arizona Border Agents seize off-road vehicles used by drug smugglers

May 25, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Arizona Border Agents seize off-road vehicles used by drug smugglers

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Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) working in the Tucson Sector detained several suspected drug smugglers in the U.S. illegally, and seized two vehicles, along with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of meth and marijuana.

On Sunday, Border Patrol agents were following two suspicious vehicles driving cross-country on a dirt road near Why, Arizona, before they lost contact, the CBP reported.

Officers were dispatched to the area with ATVs and found the two cars stuck in a washed-out area covered with camouflage tarps to evade capture.

CBP discover off-road vehicles used by drug smugglers

Inside of the two vehicles, agents discovered over 1,100 pounds of marijuana. Four Mexican immigrants were found within proximity and were illegally present in the U.S.

On Friday, Tucson Sector agents referred a Dodge Charger for secondary inspection after a K-9 signaled the agents that narcotics were in the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of 62 pounds of meth. The driver and the passenger, who are both female U.S. citizens, were arrested.

Drug smugglers

Border agents recovered 1,100 pounds of marijuana  and meth inside a vehicle

The four Mexican citizens were charged with immigration violations since Border Patrol agents did not observe them inside the vehicles.

The two female U.S. citizens arrested in the meth bust have been charged with narcotics smuggling. All three cars, the marijuana, and the meth were seized.

On Tuesday, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended two previously deported sex offenders that had illegally crossed into the U.S.

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