Thursday, September 22, 2011

Update: $2.4M in pot seized; suspect in killing arrested

Six men await federal charges


U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Casa Grande Station Agents found 111 bundles of marijuana, weighing 1,600 pounds and worth $802,500, in this SUV on Thursday.


Border Patrol agents seized more than 2 tons of marijuana, a gun and a stolen vehicle, and apprehended a man wanted for first-degree murder in four incidents in two incidents since Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Agents working west of the Lukeville Port on Thursday morning found 1,060 pounds of marijuana in an abandoned vehicle they’d watched driving off road earlier. The 49 bundles stuffed in the SUV were worth $530,000, the Border Patrol said in a press release.

The drugs and vehicle were to be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Also on Thursday, Casa Grande Station agents followed vehicle tracks that led to an SUV hidden under a camouflage tarp. The vehicle was not registered in the United States. Agents recovered 111 bundles of marijuana from the vehicle, the Border Patrol said.

The pot weighed more than 1,600 pounds and is worth $802,500. The marijuana was to be turned over to the DEA.

On Wednesday, Tucson Station agents watched six suspected illegal immigrants walking through the desert toward S.R. 286 near Three Points. As the agents got closer, they noticed the men handling what appeared to be bundles of marijuana, the Border Patrol said.

The suspects attempted to flee into the desert when the agents identified themselves. Agents apprehended five of the men and found six bundles of marijuana and a handgun.

The marijuana, which weighed 312 pounds and worth $156,000, weapon and five men were taken to the Tucson Station for processing. The men were awaiting federal drug charges.

That night, Douglas Station agents arrested a 25-year-old male from Mexico for illegal entry and found out he is charged with first-degree murder and crimes a against a child in Oklahoma. He had a previous removal and now faces federal prosecution for illegal entry, the Border Patrol said.

Casa Grande Station agents received a tip from a citizen about a suspicious vehicle northeast of Lukeville on Tuesday. A CBP helicopter crew saw a pickup truck concealed by brush near U.S. 34, and a search of the vehicle turned up 84 bundles of marijuana, weighing more than 1,900 pounds and worth $955,5000, the Border Patrol said.

A records check of the truck revealed it was reported stolen out of Phoenix. The truck was turned over to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and the drugs were to be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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