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Border Patrol Seizes $1.5 Million Dope Load

Release Date: 
September 27, 2013

 

TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson

Agents on the ground began a search of the area and quickly located a 2000 Toyota Tundra loaded with 90 bundles of marijuana.

Agents on the ground began a search of the area and quickly located a 2000 Toyota Tundra loaded with 90 bundles of marijuana.

TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized a highly modified drug smuggling vehicle loaded with 1,933 pounds of marijuana in the desert west of Tucson.

Just after 2 a.m. Friday morning, agents in the Ajo area responded to possible smuggling activity. In conjunction with a CBP helicopter, the agents on the ground began a search of the area and quickly located a 2000 Toyota Tundra loaded with 90 bundles of marijuana. The truck had been recently abandoned by smugglers and was well-hidden under a camouflage tarp.

The truck had no license plate, no registration, and had been highly modified for cross-country travel and transporting heavy loads. The marijuana, worth over $1,500,000 was seized and will be turned over to the DEA. The vehicle was also seized.

The Tucson Sector Border Patrol continues to impact transnational criminal organizations by disrupting their ability to exploit Arizona's border region. As a result, smugglers often abandon their narcotics for fear of being arrested and prosecuted.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017