TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized 2,700 pounds of marijuana in Sonoita yesterday worth an estimated $1.35 million.
Sonoita Station agents encountered an abandoned vehicle loaded with 382 bundles of marijuana yesterday in an area north of Lochiel, a small border town between Naco and Nogales. The bundles, with a combined weight of 2,700 pounds, filled the truck's cab, bed and a non-factory compartment within the bed of the truck. The marijuana and vehicle were transported to the Sonoita Station for processing.
Border Patrol agents' experience, dedication, and vigilance continue to serve as invaluable tools in combating transnational criminal organizations. Due to the Border Patrol's increased efforts to deny drug traffickers from operating in the Tucson Sector, smugglers often choose to abandon their drug loads rather than risk apprehension and prosecution.
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.