Tucson, Ariz. - Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Station seized more than one ton of marijuana and recovered a stolen vehicle in the West Desert this morning.
Agents were patrolling the border northeast of the Lukeville Port when they discovered an abandoned vehicle in the desert and recovered 92 bundles of marijuana from inside the vehicle. Subsequently, a records check revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Phoenix. The marijuana, with an estimated value of more than $1 million, was transported to the Ajo Station for processing. The vehicle was turned over to the Tohono O'odham police department.
The Border Patrol is committed to preventing dangerous narcotics from entering U.S. communities. From Oct. 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol has seized nearly three-quarters of a million pounds of marijuana.
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.