Ajo, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Station assisted the High Intensity Drug Traffic Area (HIDTA) task force yesterday in discovering close to $400,000 hidden in a vehicle.
Ajo Patrol Agent in Charge Brian Hastings said, "Defense in depth, operations, utilizing checkpoints and partnerships with other agencies continue to prove effective in disrupting criminal activities." He further said, "This is another example of dividends gained from law enforcement partnerships and the utilization of advanced technology to provide national security."
Officers assigned to the HIDTA task force pulled over a suspicious vehicle and requested assistance from Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Station. The vehicle was transported to a Border Patrol checkpoint in the West Desert where a canine team alerted to the vehicle. Agents utilized non-intrusive X-ray technology and discovered an anomaly in the trunk of the vehicle, revealing close to $400,000 in U.S. Currency. The HIDTA task force took possession of the money and the vehicle pending further investigation.
The Tucson Sector Border Patrol continues working in conjunction with local and federal law enforcement agencies to achieve our shared goal of reducing crime within our communities and improving the quality of life.
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.