Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tucson Sector Agents Seize Marijuana in West Desert









Tucson, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector, a component of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Joint Field Command-Arizona, seized a total of 2,892 pounds of marijuana in the West Desert yesterday worth an estimated $1.4 million.

Agents from Ajo Station’s All-Terrain Vehicle unit were following footprints when they came upon several bundles of marijuana hidden in brush. A search of the surrounding area, with the assistance of a service canine, yielded additional bundles. In all, agents found 1,508 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $754,000.

Elsewhere in the West Desert, Casa Grande Station agents and an Office of Air and Marine helicopter crew followed off-road tire tracks to an abandoned Chevrolet Suburban concealed under a green tarp. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered more than 1,300 pounds of marijuana worth approximately $692,000.

One of the oldest tools used by Border Patrol agents is the traditional art of tracking. Since the Border Patrol was created in 1924, agents have relied heavily on this time-honored skill that continues to be effective in tracking down criminal activity.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection 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.

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