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Border Patrol Seizes Vehicle, $1.2 Million in Marijuana in Arizona

Release Date: 
May 10, 2010

Tucson, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Willcox Station seized more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana hidden inside an abandoned vehicle early Monday. The contraband is valued at more than $1.2 million.

Agents were responding to suspected illegal activity when they discovered a pickup truck in a ditch. The driver had rendered the vehicle immobile before absconding. Inside the truck, agents found 74 bundles of marijuana. A search of the area, however, yielded negative results for additional contraband or suspects. The vehicle and marijuana were seized and transported for processing.

Agents seize 1,500 pounds of marijuana.

Deterring criminal activity and improving the quality of life for communities are top priorities for the U.S. Border Patrol. Tucson Sector agents remain vigilant despite continuous attempts from smugglers to cross contraband into the United States. From Oct. 1, 2009, to April 30, 2010, agents in the Tucson Sector seized approximately 552,000 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $441 million.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017