Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Border Patrol Agents Seize Nearly 5,000 lbs of Marijuana in the West Desert

Tuscon, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector, a component of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Joint Field Command-Arizona, seized 4,979 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $2.4 million during multiple weekend seizures.

 click for hi-resSmuggling Vehicle seized by Border Patrol Agents assigned to Ajo Station
Vehicle used to smuggle narcotics.
Ajo Station agents responding to a group of suspected narcotics smugglers, spotted Saturday with mobile surveillance equipment, seized 557 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $278,500. The narcotics were transported to the Ajo Station for further processing. 

Sunday morning, Ajo Station’s Horse Patrol unit responded to possible smuggling activity four miles north of the border and discovered almost 530 pounds of marijuana hidden in the brush. The narcotics, valued at $264,500, were transported to the station for processing. 

 click for hi-resMarijuana Seized by Border Patrol Agents assigned to Ajo Station
Bundles of marijuana seized by Ajo Border Patrol agents.
Casa Grande agents encountered an abandoned 4x4 vehicle west of Federal Route 15 Sunday night containing 49 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,143 pounds and worth $571,500. Agents searched the area and apprehended a Mexican national near the vehicle. The subject, vehicle and marijuana were transported to the Casa Grande Station for processing. The subject is facing federal charges.

Early Monday, Ajo agents, assisted by an Office of Air & Marine helicopter, discovered an abandoned 2003 Chevrolet pick-up loaded with 113 bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 2,750 pounds and worth an estimated $1.3 million. The vehicle and marijuana were processed for seizure. 

CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.

CBP announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Office of Field Operations, under a unified command structure. JFC-AZ integrates CBP’s border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in Arizona. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona or visit the attached website for more information. ( Arizona )

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