Published: 01.25.2007

2 men in Border Patrol custody after Midvale raid nets drugs, guns, cash
By Dale Quinn
Tucson police raided a house in the Midvale Park neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, seizing firearms, a quarter-pound of marijuana, $11,500 in cash, plastic wrapping and a money counter, a department spokesman said.

Two undocumented Mexican men were in the home when police searched it and are now in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol, said Decio Hopffer, a Police Department spokesman.

Information from Midvale Park residents led police to a home in the 1900 block of West Nava Drive where they found the drugs and currency about 4:30 p.m., Hopffer said. The firearms at the house included an assault rifle, a shotgun and another rifle.

No arrests have been made at this time, but the investigation is ongoing and charges may be issued later, Hopffer said.

The Tucson Police Department deployed more officers to the Southwest Side neighborhood after a series of home invasions and violent crime in past months led neighborhood residents to ask for more enforcement.

At this point, it's too early in the investigation for police to link the people in the home to other crimes in the area, Hopffer said.

Officers will continue the increased enforcement in the Midvale Park neighborhood, Hopffer said.