Tucson, Ariz. - Tucson Sector CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents seized two abandoned vehicles in separate incidents yesterday loaded with bundles of marijuana totaling more than 3,250 pounds and a combined value exceeding $1.6 million.
Willcox Station agents working at the State Highway 80 checkpoint responded to reports of a suspected smuggling vehicle attempting to drive around the checkpoint. Upon investigation, agents located an abandoned GMC pickup on Sibyl Road with bundles of marijuana stacked in the cab and bed of the truck. No people were located in the vicinity. The marijuana's value was estimated at $662,000.
Nogales Border Patrol agents working on the east side of Nogales observed a suspicious truck near the international boundary and a subject absconding into Mexico. Agents secured the abandoned vehicle and discovered it contained more than 1,900 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $967,150.
In both incidents, the vehicles were seized and the narcotics will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The Tucson Sector Border Patrol continues its focus on dismantling smuggling organizations. Checkpoints, along with state-of-the-art surveillance equipment, are just a few tools the Border Patrol has available to prevent transnational criminal organizations from moving their contraband further into the country. Frustrated smugglers often abandon their contraband in hopes of eluding apprehension and subsequent 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.