TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized 1,483 pounds of marijuana, valued at almost $741,500, and arrested 19 subjects during two weekend incidents.
Agents assigned to the Ajo Border Patrol Station were patrolling along the international boundary near Lukeville, Arizona, on Nov. 13 when they discovered footprints left by several individuals who apparently entered the United States illegally. Agents tracked the footprints and eventually caught up with the group.
With assistance from an Air and Marine Operations crew, agents apprehended 19 individuals carrying large bundles of marijuana. Agents transported the marijuana, weighing just over 920 pounds, and all subjects to the Ajo Station for further processing.
The following day, agents assigned to the Douglas Border Patrol Station watched several subjects cross the international boundary with large bundles commonly associated with drug traffickers. As agents responded to the area, the subjects absconded after trying to conceal their packs near an abandoned ranch. Agents searched the area and recovered the packs, which contained marijuana and a Marlin Model 783, .22-caliber rifle. Agents transported the marijuana, weighing more than 563 pounds, and rifle to the Douglas Station for further processing.
“Constant vigilance and unwavering dedication to the border security mission has resulted in multiple seizures throughout Tucson Sector this fiscal year,” said Tucson Sector Chief Manuel Padilla. “These efforts have helped promote a safer environment for those living in border communities. The agency continues to remain steadfast in its efforts to deny transnational criminal networks the ability to smuggle contraband and people into the United States.”
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.