TUCSON, Ariz. — Casa Grande Border Patrol agents located a stolen truck Wednesday evening Dec.17, abandoned near Red Rock, Arizona. The truck, reported stolen out of Phoenix, was loaded with 1,897 pounds of marijuana worth $948,500.
Wednesday’s seizure follows one day after agents from the Office of Air and Marine and Border Patrol together located a stolen truck loaded with almost 1,675 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $837,500.
Agents serving on the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats’ multi-agency Silver Bell Initiative (SBI) responded Wednesday to detection technology and discovered a 2005 Dodge Ram concealed in dense brush. Upon further investigation, agents found the truck held 84 bundles of marijuana, covered with a tarp.
Agents turned the narcotics over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Department of Public Safety took possession of truck.
“Significant results from operations such as this illustrate how multi-agency partnerships and cooperation are essential to making our communities safer,” said ACTT Director Tom Martin.
The SBI is a multi-agency, ACTT program that includes the Casa Grande and Tucson Border Patrol Stations; Homeland Security Investigations; Enforcement Removal Operations; Bureau of Land Management; the Pinal County and Pima County Sheriff’s Offices; and the National Park Service.
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.