Nogales border agents arrested seven U.S. citizens over the weekend after officials say they attempted to smuggle narcotics through the Interstate 19 checkpoint.

Agents referred a shuttle van for routine inspection on Saturday, a news release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. From three passengers, agents found a combined 12.2 ounces of methamphetamine.

The following day, agents inspected two more shuttle vans. A 17-year-old passenger from one van attempted to smuggle cocaine, the release says. A passenger in the other van was found with bags of fentanyl pills. 

Later that same day, agents found another two passengers of a shuttle van with a combined 9.5 ounces of heroin, the release shows.

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All seven people were arrested. It is not clear if the incidents are related. No further information has been released.

Contact reporter Gloria Knott at or 573-4235. On Twitter: @gloriaeknott

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Gloria is a Tucson native and attended the University of Arizona. She started at the Star as an apprentice in 2017. Following her apprenticeship, she began freelancing until becoming a full-time reporter and producer after her college graduation in 2018.