Border Patrol K9 teams sniff out narcotics at southern Arizona checkpoints

TUCSON — US Border Patrol agents assisted by their canine partners arrested two US citizens attempting to smuggle drugs at separate immigration checkpoints in Arizona Monday, September 14, according to the press release.

Around 1 p.m., a US Border Patrol canine alerted to a vehicle at the immigration checkpoint near Tombstone. Tucson Sector agents referred the vehicle to secondary inspection, where they discovered nearly 7 pounds of cocaine hidden inside its engine compartment. Agents arrested the 25-year-old driver, who was later turned over to the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

At 5 p.m. that afternoon, agents arrested a 20-year-old driver at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint near Amado in a similar encounter. Following a canine alert, agents referred a vehicle to secondary inspection, where they found marijuana, THC oil, and meth concealed within. The Arizona Department of Public Safety took custody of the case.

US Border Patrol canines undergo rigorous training to detect people hidden in vehicles; most are crossed-trained to detect hidden narcotics as well. As partners, they are important tools agents use to accomplish their mission to protect the American people and safeguard the borders.

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