TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 3,400 pounds of marijuana early yesterday worth an estimated $1.7 million. (Pictures included)
Casa Grande Station agents, working in collaboration with air assets near Arizona City, Ariz., discovered a Chevy Suburban hidden under a tarp in dense brush. Inside, agents found 87 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,964 pounds and valued at $982,000.
A short time later, agents and air assets from the CBP Office of Air and Marine working near Komelik, Ariz., responded to reports of suspected narcotics smuggling and discovered an abandoned Dodge Ram concealed in brush under a tarp. Inside the vehicle, agents found 61 bundles of marijuana weighing almost 1,481 pounds and worth approximately $740,500.
Both vehicles had been reported stolen and were turned over to the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force. The narcotics were transported to the Casa Grande Border Patrol Station for processing.
Smugglers often abandon their narcotics for fear of being arrested and prosecuted.
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.