TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Ajo Station seized approximately 1,531 pounds of marijuana over the weekend worth an estimated $765,500.
Agents working in collaboration with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) air assets from the Yuma Air Branch recovered 15 bundles of abandoned marijuana east of Lukeville, Ariz., yesterday. The narcotics weighed 765 pounds, with an estimated value of $382,500.
Agents assisted by a CBP helicopter seized 12 bundles of abandoned marijuana Saturday with a total weight of 580 pounds and an estimated value of $290,000.
Agents training near the international boundary Friday discovered two bundles of abandoned marijuana, along with a loaded 9mm handgun, near Lukeville. The bundles had a total weight of 186 pounds valued at $93,000.
The narcotics will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Every day the Tucson Sector Border Patrol works in partnership with local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies that have a stake in strengthening border security and improving the quality of life for affected communities throughout the state of Arizona. The strength of these partnerships continues to yield results in the fight against smuggling activity in the border region. As a result, smugglers frequently abandon their drug loads rather than risk apprehension and federal prosecution.
CBP 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.