Tucson, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector's Ajo station conducted two seizures of marijuana over the weekend, netting more than 2,200 pounds with a total value of more than $1.7 million.
While patrolling in the west desert area Friday, agents assigned to Ajo's All-Terrain Vehicle Unit (ATV) detected vehicle tracks that drove off road from State Route 85. Agents followed the tracks and found a stationary sport utility vehicle covered in brush. Upon further inspection, agents discovered 64 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 1,400 pounds.
Agents tracking footprints West of Lukeville discovered 12 abandoned bundles of marijuana weighing in excess of 800 pounds. The marijuana was transported for processing.
"This is yet another fine example of the excellent work ethic and superb accomplishments of the Agents from the Ajo Border Patrol Station," said Acting Patrol Agent in Charge of the Ajo Station Paul Kuhn. "It is also a vivid illustration of the Ajo Border Patrol Station's All Terrain Vehicle Unit's importance in combating illicit activity in this rugged and vast area."
Traditional tracking methods continue to be one of the more effective tools used by Border Patrol agents in the field. Specialty units, such as those using ATVs, are effective in remote border areas often impassible by traditional vehicles. From Oct. 1, 2009, to July 31, 2010, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol seized more than 867,500 pounds of marijuana worth more than $694 million.
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.