TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 4,311 pounds of marijuana Tuesday west of Sells, Ariz., worth an estimated $2.15 million.
Casa Grande Station agents working in collaboration with CBP Office of Air and Marine air assets from the Tucson Air Branch discovered two vehicles, a Chevy truck, and an H2 Hummer, hidden under tarps concealed in the dense brush with multiple bundles of marijuana inside.
A short time later, agents and Air and Marine air assets also working west of Sells, responded to reports of suspected narcotics smuggling and discovered an abandoned Dodge pick-up concealed in brush under a tarp with multiple bundles of marijuana inside.
In total, there were 267 bundles of narcotics seized weighing 4,311 pounds with an estimated value of $2,155,500. All the vehicles were seized and the narcotics were transported to the Casa Grande Border Patrol Station for processing.
Through targeted enforcement and a multi-agency response, CBP continues to impact transnational criminal organizations by disrupting their ability to exploit Arizona's border region. As a result, smugglers often abandon their narcotics for fear of being arrested and prosecuted.
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.