Tucson, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents working in Tucson Sector seized more than 1,900 pounds of marijuana in three separate incidents since Friday, July 30, 2010.
The most significant of the seizures involved agents assigned to the Nogales Station, working in conjunction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents Monday. The interagency cooperation resulted in the seizure of more than 600 pounds of marijuana; the arrested five subjects, the seized two vehicles and recovered one stolen vehicle.
On Sunday, agents assigned to the Nogales Station working from a forward operating base seized 11 bundles of marijuana valued at almost $413,000. The contraband, weighing more than 500 pounds, was taken to the Nogales Station for processing.
Agents assigned to the Casa Grande Station, working in the west desert area, stopped two vehicles Friday transporting more than 800 pounds of marijuana. A Border Patrol canine team helped agents identify the illegal contraband in both vehicles. The drivers, vehicles and marijuana were taken to the Casa Grande Station for processing.
"Border Patrol agents remain vigilant in protecting our borders and continue to use specialty units, such as canine teams, to foil smuggling attempts," said Division Chief Marcos Garcia. "Using our partnerships with other law enforcement agencies and the strategic deployment of personnel and resources agents were able to stop nearly a ton of marijuana from reaching our communities."
From Oct. 1, 2009, to July 31, 2010, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol seized more than 867,500 pounds of drugs exceeding $694 million in value.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.