U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Nogales Station combined the use of technology and canines to make a pair of drug seizures last week at the Interstate 19 checkpoint.
On June 19, agents at the checkpoint referred a passenger car to secondary inspection, where a Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) system noticed anomalies in the vehicle, the Border Patrol said in a news release.
The anomaly turned out to be 50 pounds of marijuana valued at $40,000.
The previous day, a Border Patrol canine team helped discover 350 pounds of marijuana inside a hidden compartment in a trailer.
In both cases, the driver, vehicle and drugs were taken to the Nogales Station for processing, the Border Patrol said.
These seizures at the checkpoint highlight the success of our defense in depth strategy, said Acting Patrol Agent in Charge Michael Hyatt. We constantly look at how we can continue to improve operations and deter smuggling activities.
The Border Parol says its stationary checkpoints, like the one just north of Tubac on I-19, are an important and effective tool for curbing the flow of illegal drugs into the United States and reducing the ability for criminals and potential terrorists to travel easily away from the border.
Critics say the checkpoints lack the element of surprise, delay traffic flows, force smugglers into surrounding areas and take Border Patrol resources away from the border itself.
Friday, June 25, 2010
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