TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents recovered two stolen vehicles, a loaded AK-47 rifle, a 9 mm handgun with silencer attached, and more than $170,000 worth of marijuana in recent days.
On Sept. 29, an aircrew from the Office of Air and Marine observed a vehicle apparently involved in smuggling activity in the desert near Marana. An individual absconded from the vehicle as the helicopter hovered above. Agents from the Special Operations Division responded to the area and found a loaded AK-47 rifle, along with magazines and other ammunition in the vehicle.
While conducting a tracking operation, agents discovered a second stolen vehicle nearby containing food and other supplies commonly used to resupply smugglers.
On Sept. 25, Tucson agents responded to a citizen’s report of possible illegal activity near Arivaca. When agents arrived, they found an abandoned backpack containing a .45-caliber handgun, loaded magazine, and several bags of ammunition of various calibers. Agents also found a bag with 44.1 grams of marijuana.
Two U.S. citizens were arrested Sept. 22 after Ajo agents found them smuggling a Mexican national in their vehicle, along with a loaded handgun and ammunition in the passenger’s procession.
On Sept. 23, Casa Grande agents discovered a 9 mm handgun with silencer attached after searching a vehicle used by a U.S. citizen caught attempting to smuggle an illegal alien.
Technology assets helped Douglas agents spot a smuggling attempt in progress Sept. 21. When agents attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver sped away and got the vehicle stuck in a wash. Agents apprehended the driver, a Mexican national, as he abandoned the vehicle and attempted to flee the area. Inside the vehicle, agents found 15 bundles of marijuana with a total weight of 355 pounds.
All individuals were taken into custody and any vehicles and contraband involved were processed for seizure, in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.
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.