U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than 170 pounds of meth and arrested three smugglers in the Mesquite Mountains in Tucson, AZ on September 23, 2020. Tucson Sector agents observed a group of suspected drug smugglers in a remote area around 10:30 a.m.
Agents tracked the group through treacherous terrain for several hours, finally apprehending three Mexican nationals. They also seized five backpacks filled with containers of white crystals that appeared to be methamphetamine.
Testing later confirmed the substance was consistent with the properties of methamphetamine. Its approximate street value is $170,000.
The suspected smugglers and drugs have been turned over to ICE Homeland Security Investigations.