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Border Incursion Leads to $500,000 Marijuana Seizure

Release Date: 
August 15, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Douglas Station seized a vehicle loaded with more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana following a vehicle pursuit 5 miles east of the Douglas city limits Sunday evening.

Drug load in vehicle.
Drug load in vehicle.

Agents patrolling a desolate area were alerted to a suspicious vehicle spotted by another agent operating surveillance technology. The vehicle, a Chevy Tahoe, was traveling north from the international boundary. When one agent pulled alongside the vehicle to speak to the driver, the driver abruptly turned around and fled toward Mexico.

Agents attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver didn’t stop until reaching the border. At that point, the driver and passenger absconded into Mexico on foot.

When agents looked in the vehicle, they saw bundles of marijuana later determined to be worth more than $500,000.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.

Last modified: 
August 15, 2017