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CBP Border Patrol Stops Smuggling Attempt, Nabs $1.3 Million in Marijuana

Release Date: 
July 23, 2012

Tucson, Ariz. - A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agent from the Tucson Sector Sonoita Border Patrol Station seized 2,773 pounds of marijuana on July 22, worth more than $1.3 million, after smugglers abandoned their load.

A Border Patrol agent attempted to stop a suspicious truck when the driver and passenger abandoned their vehicle containing 483 bundles of marijuana.

A Border Patrol agent attempted to stop a suspicious truck when the driver and passenger abandoned their vehicle containing 483 bundles of marijuana.

A Border Patrol agent attempted to stop a suspicious truck traveling on Forest Service Road 49 when the driver and passenger abandoned their vehicle containing 483 bundles of marijuana in the truck's cab and bed, which was covered with plywood. An air asset from Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine, a K-9 unit and other agents conducted an extensive search for the suspects with negative results. The marijuana and vehicle were seized and the Drug Enforcement Administration took possession of the marijuana.

Employing targeted enforcement tactics, the CBP Tucson Sector Border Patrol is making significant progress along the Arizona/Mexico border by prosecuting smugglers attempting to transport contraband further into the United States. Stiff penalties for smuggling causes many smugglers to abandon their drug loads rather than risk apprehension and federal prosecution.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017