TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents, using available technology, arrested one individual with an active felony warrant and seized more than two tons of narcotics in the past 24 hours.
Early this morning, Casa Grande agents arrested a 32-year-old male Mexican national for illegally entering the United States. Upon submitting the individual's fingerprints through the national database, agents discovered an active felony warrant from Portland, Ore., for manufacturing cocaine. The subject will be turned over to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office for extradition.
During two incidents yesterday, agents working the west desert near the international border discovered a total of 49 bundles of marijuana worth an estimated $1.2 million. The largest seizure, consisting of 31 bundles, was located northeast of Lukeville. Ajo agents patrolling on ATVs tracked footprints leading to concealed bundles of marijuana. The other 18 bundles were located west of the Baboquivari Mountains, in the vicinity of New Field, Ariz., by agents responding to detection technology. The 2,400 pounds of abandoned marijuana will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for disposal.
Border Patrol agents rely on a mixture of time-honored techniques, proven technology and partnerships to target transnational criminal organizations. Through combined law enforcement efforts and information-sharing, agents are able to identify apprehended criminals, link dangerous individuals to past crimes, and disrupt smuggling operations.
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.
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.