TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 2,100 pounds of marijuana during two separate incidents this past week. The seizures totaled more than $1,077,000.
On March 7, Ajo Border Patrol agents seized 476 pounds of marijuana near Why, Ariz., with aerial assistance provided by the Office of Air and Marine’s Tucson Air Branch. The narcotics were found in the village of Pia Oik on the Tohono O’odham Nation. An extensive search of the area was conducted but no suspects were located.
Nearly a week later, at approximately 4 a.m., March 13, agents from the Brian A. Terry Station seized an abandoned Chevrolet pickup truck containing more than 1,600 pounds of marijuana near Naco, Ariz. Following sensor activation, camera system operators were able to direct agents to three trucks traveling north from the border. When agents attempted to interdict the vehicles, two returned to Mexico and one was abandoned on the U.S. side. The truck contained 79 bundles of marijuana worth nearly $840,000. An extensive search of the area was conducted but no subjects were located.
The vehicle and drugs were processed for seizure in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.
The Tucson Sector Border Patrol strives to secure America’s borders through the disruption and degrading of transnational criminal organizations. Border security is a joint effort between Customs and Border Protection, other law-enforcement partners and community stakeholders.
CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
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.