TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 6,100 pounds of marijuana yesterday afternoon worth an estimated $3.1 million
Douglas Station agents, working in collaboration with agents from the Hedglin Forward Operation Base, responded to reports of suspected narcotics smuggling east of Douglas, Arizona. Agents encountered and attempted to make contact with a Chevrolet Sierra pickup when two occupants were observed fleeing from the vehicle. The two absconding suspects, both Mexican nationals, were apprehended and are facing possible federal prosecution. Search of the truck revealed 1,554 pounds of marijuana inside, valued at $777,000. The vehicle was seized and the narcotics were turned over to the DEA.
A short time later, agents from the Nogales Station, with assistance from various detection technologies, observed a Ford Econoline driving away from the International Boundary. Responding agents discovered the vehicle abandoned a short distance from the border. The van contained 189 bundles of marijuana weighing over 4,600 pounds, valued at approximately $2,300,250. Both the vehicle and the marijuana were seized and transported to the Nogales Station for further processing according to Tucson Sector guidelines.
Tucson Sector Border Patrol continues to make great strides in combating the Transnational Criminal Organizations attempting to exploit the Arizona border area. Technology and infrastructure such as FOBs assist in addressing remote crossing points that have, historically, been very difficult for agents to patrol due to the vast distances and time involved to access these areas. The Border Patrol will continue to leverage technology and community support to secure and safeguard our citizens and prevent narcotics from reaching our neighborhoods.
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.