TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than $92,000 worth of marijuana dropped from an ultralight aircraft (ULA) early yesterday morning and arrested two suspects.
At approximately 3 a.m., camera operators from the Douglas Station first observed a ULA fly over the U.S. border from Mexico and later drop suspected drugs near Sunsites, Arizona.
Willcox Station agents responded to the drop site where they located a single individual and a basket containing 10 bundles of marijuana weighing nearly 185 pounds. During an extensive search of the area a second subject was apprehended.
The ULA was observed traveling south into Mexico at approximately 4:45 a.m.
Agents processed the suspects, both Mexican Nationals, and drugs in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.
As U.S. Customs and Border Protection security efforts improve along the border, criminal organizations look for alternative methods to smuggle their cargo. CBP continues to be vigilant in interdicting these attempts. This seizure is an example of how coordination and technology play key roles in the prevention of illegal activity along the border.
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.