Monday, November 14, 2011

5 arrested; drugs, weapons seized

Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Five people were arrested in three separate weekend incidents that saw Border Patrol agents seize 81 rounds of ammunition, two vehicles and more than 240 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $121,500.

Early Monday, border agents received a call from Pinal County Sheriff's Office that a deputy had made a vehicle stop on State Route 84 near Stanfield. Three suspected illegal immigrants and a U.S. citizen, who was driving the vehicle, were arrested.

During a search of the vehicle, agents found a loaded pistol under the driver's seat and an unloaded revolver concealed in the back pocket of the driver's seat, as well as additional rounds of ammunition. The subjects are being held pending further investigation. The weapons and ammunition will be turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

On Friday, Tucson Sector agents working in the West Desert were tracking footprints when a Border Patrol K-9 team located three backpacks filled with bricks of marijuana and a loaded .22-calibre revolver abandoned in the desert. The pistol, ammunition and 78 pounds of marijuana were taken to the Tucson Border Patrol Station for processing.

Last Thursday, agents from the Douglas Station using mobile surveillance technology observed a vehicle being loaded with bundles of suspected marijuana. Agents drove to the area and followed the vehicle, which then drove off-road before two people eventually abandoned the vehicle and started running.

Agents tracked and apprehended the driver, a U.S. citizen. The driver, vehicle and marijuana, weighing 165 pounds, were transported to the Douglas Border Patrol Station for processing.

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