Oct 12, 2012 6:19 PM

Border agents nab wanted felon, seize drugs in 3 incidents Thursday

TUCSON - Border Patrol agents working in Southern Arizona Thursday detained a wanted felon during one vehicle stop, discovered 1.2 pounds of heroin at a checkpoint along I-19, and found 1,360 pounds of marijuana in an abandoned vehicle.

Agents learned of a warrant for Ezequiel Fontes of Tucson, wanted on a felony burglary warrant from Maricopa County, during a vehicle stop in Nogales last night, according to a news release from Customs and Border Protection. After agents learned of the warrant, Fontes was detained and turned over to the Nogales Police Department.

During another incident earlier in the day, Nogales Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 19 checkpoint found 1.2 pounds of heroin, worth an estimated $16,200, the release states. The subject now faces criminal prosecution.

Ajo Station agents working near Federal Route 1 west of Tucson discovered 1,360 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $680,000 in an abandoned pick-up truck, the release states.

"As narcotics smugglers attempt to move dangerous products through Arizona's communities, the Border Patrol conducts daily assessments on how best to deploy manpower and resources," officials stated in the news release. "These calculated deployments provide multiple layers of security for local communities, the state and the nation."


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