Tucson, Ariz. — Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents recently seized more than 2,900 pounds of marijuana and arrested five suspected smugglers.
On Dec. 6, agents discovered 31 bundles of abandoned marijuana while working in a remote area near Stanfield, Ariz. The seized drugs have an estimated value of $278,000. No arrests were made. The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
On Saturday, with assistance of an Arizona National Guard air asset, agents arrested five individuals and seized $294,000 worth of marijuana during patrol operations near La Lesna Mountain Range.
Tuesday afternoon, agents patrolling near Kots Kug, Ariz., with the support of detection technology and air assets, located 11 bundles of marijuana worth an estimated $308,000. A search of the area was conducted but no individuals were located.
Last night, agents discovered an abandoned Chevrolet truck loaded with 1,187 pounds of marijuana near Canelo, Ariz. The truck had been covered in brush in an apparent attempt to hide the vehicle. The vehicle was seized and the marijuana, worth $593,500, was turned over to the DEA.
The Tucson Sector Border Patrol strives to secure America’s borders through the disruption and degrading of transnational criminal activity. Border security is a joint effort between various components of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, other law enforcement partners, and support from community stakeholders.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.