TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector agents wrapped up a busy weekend, seizing over 2300 lbs. of marijuana, two vehicles, and a loaded 9 mm pistol.
On Saturday, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Sonoita station attempted to initiate a vehicle stop on a white Ford Excursion near Elgin, Arizona. The large SUV failed to yield and after a short pursuit, the vehicle stopped and the occupants attempted to flee. Responding agents were able to secure the vehicle and subsequently arrested the two occupants after a brief foot chase. A search of the vehicle revealed 174 packages of marijuana. The packages, which collectively weighed over 2070 lbs., holds a street value of over $1 million.
The two occupants were arrested and taken into custody. One subject was a U.S citizen and the other a national of Mexico.
Later the same day, agents assigned to the Tucson Station responded to a report of suspected narcotic smugglers near Amado, Arizona. As agents approached the area, one individual, who was sitting in a white Pontiac Grand Am parked near a trailer, attempted to flee. Agents, upon searching the area, uncovered over 360 lbs. of marijuana and four individuals hiding in the trailer. A loaded semiautomatic 9mm pistol was also uncovered in the passenger seat of the sedan.
The four subjects, all nationals of Mexico, were taken into custody and face deportation charges. The vehicle was seized and investigation relating to the narcotics is ongoing.
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.