Tucson, Ariz. - More than 2,400 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $1.2 million was seized by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents in six separate incidents in the past 24 hours.
Yesterday morning, as Casa Grande Station agents tracked seven suspected illegal immigrants through the West Desert, they discovered 11 abandoned bundles of marijuana. After a search of the area, agents apprehended the seven individuals they were tracking. The marijuana, weighing 700 pounds and valued at $350,000, was transported to the Casa Grande Station for processing and is pending transfer to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Federal prosecution is being sought for the suspects.
In a second incident, two K-9 teams working in the Papago Springs area south of Sonoita discovered 20 abandoned bundles of marijuana concealed in a heavily wooded area. The marijuana, weighing 1,047 pounds and valued at $523,000, was transported to the Sonoita Station for processing and is pending transfer to the DEA.
Later in the evening, Nogales Station agents assigned to the Interstate 19 Border Patrol Checkpoint seized 8.6 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $4,000 from a woman traveling with a child. The woman is pending federal prosecution. The child was turned over to Child Protective Services. (Photos available)
Also last night near Nogales, agents seized five bundles of marijuana with a combined weight of 124 pounds. During the seizure, an agent was assaulted with rocks thrown from the Mexican side of the international boundary fence. The agent was not injured and there was no damage to private property.
Early this morning, Ajo Station agents discovered 16 bundles of marijuana abandoned in the West Desert. The bundles, weighing 613 pounds with an estimated value of $306,000, were transported to the Ajo Station for processing and are pending transfer to the DEA.
Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has made significant investments toward establishing a secure and safe border environment to improve the quality of life throughout Arizona's communities.
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