TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agents discovered more than 1,300 pounds of abandoned marijuana during two separate incidents while patrolling in the West Desert on February 29.
Ajo agents patrolling on all-terrain vehicles discovered 15 bundles, after responding to detection technology west of Lukeville, Ariz. The bundles, stuffed with marijuana, were valued at approximately $388,500 and had a combined weight of 777 pounds.
Casa Grande agents, responding to suspected smuggling activity detected by a mobile surveillance system last night, located 11 abandoned bundles of marijuana weighing 591 pounds worth approximately $295,500.
No smugglers were located in either area. All of the abandoned narcotics were seized and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for disposal.
A mix of technology, such as mobile surveillance systems and specialty units, allows CBP Border Patrol agents to better detect and quickly respond to contraband smuggling activities in remote, rugged terrain. As a result, smugglers commonly abandon their loads rather than risk apprehension and face prosecution.
CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the CBP 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.