Feb 26, 2013 10:56 AM by Swetha Iyengar

CBP agents arrest smugglers, seize 11 lbs of brown-tar heroin

TUCSON - More than a million dollars worth of narcotics in the form of brown-tar heroin was intercepted by border patrol agents this weekend.

According to U.S Customs and Border Patrol there were two incidents at the Interstate 19 checkpoint in Nogales, over the weekend.

On Friday, two Mexican nationals were caught smuggling 4.5pounds of heroin each.

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

All three smugglers face federal prosecution.

The heroin, with a combined weight of 11 pounds, has an estimated value of $130,000.

Also Sunday, Casa Grande Station agents received a tip about an abandoned vehicle. They responded and found a 2004 Chevy Suburban loaded with 1,800 pounds of marijuana. A records check revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Avondale, Ariz.

There were no suspects in the area and 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.

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