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Border Patrol Vigilant During Shutdown

Release Date: 
October 24, 2013

TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol continued its mission to secure the nation's borders by seizing nearly $4 million in marijuana during the federal government shutdown.


Flatbed pickup truck conceals marijuana within cinder block.

Flatbed pickup truck conceals marijuana within cinder block.

Criminal organizations attempting to challenge and exploit the nation's borders during this time were met with an even stronger stance by the Tucson Sector Border Patrol. During the 16-day period of the partial government shutdown, agents seized more than 7,000 pounds of marijuana, 10 smuggling vehicles, and illegal contraband in multiple incidents.

Last week, Tucson Sector Border Patrol was responsible for two separate marijuana seizures in excess of 1,800 pounds each. The seizures occurred on consecutive days near Tat Momoli, Ariz.

At Tucson Sector checkpoints, agents interdicted multiple subjects attempting to smuggle narcotics and illegal immigrants into the United States. Agents discovered approximately one dozen illegal immigrants inside vehicle trunks with no visible means of escape or drinking water. A very distinctive incident occurred at the Highway 80 checkpoint where agents discovered nearly 300 pounds of marijuana concealed inside two pallets of cinder blocks on a flatbed pickup truck.

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, which can be attributed to the vigilant men and women of Customs and Border Protection in conjunction with many law enforcement partners and outstanding community stakeholders.

Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017