TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized three vehicles and more than 7,500 pounds of marijuana in multiple incidents during the past week.
At approximately 6 p.m., Jan. 28, Ajo Station agents observed a black Chevrolet Tahoe in the village of Charco on the Tohono O’odham nation driving without lights. Agents saw the vehicle pull off the road into a thicket and went to investigate. Agents discovered the vehicle abandoned and loaded with more than 788 pounds of marijuana worth approximately $394,000.
Later that evening, Tucson Sector agents responded to a citizen’s call and found an abandoned Suburban near Sil Nakya, Arizona, covered with a tarp and hidden in brush. Inside the vehicle, agents discovered more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana worth in excess of $1 million. Agents found no suspects during a subsequent search of the area.
On Jan. 23, following a citizen’s report, Nogales Border Patrol agents and the Nogales Police Department responded to Citizen’s Express Line Warehouse in Nogales to investigate a discrepancy in a manifest and cargo. The investigation led to the confiscation of 4,220 pounds of marijuana. NPD took custody of the narcotics, worth approximately $2.1 million.
On Jan. 21, agents followed a Ford pickup truck near the Village of Newfield, Arizona, after it turned down a road paralleling the border. When vehicle’s two occupants realized the Border Patrol was closing in, they bailed out of the vehicle and absconded on foot into Mexico. The truck contained more than 500 pounds of marijuana worth approximately $256,000.
Agents seized all vehicles, in accordance with Tucson Sector Guidelines. The Drug Enforcement Administration is taking possession of the marijuana
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