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CBP Foils Huge Drug Smuggling Attempt

Release Date: 
May 24, 2012

Tucson, Ariz. - Agents from CBP's Tucson Sector, Sonoita Border Patrol Station seized 6,153 pounds of marijuana yesterday worth more than $3 million.

Abandoned van containing marijuana bundles.

Abandoned van containing marijuana bundles.

Agents responded to a call of two suspicious vehicles parked east of Patagonia, Ariz. At the scene, agents discovered two abandoned vehicles loaded with 604 bundles of marijuana. The narcotics, worth approximately $3,076,500, and vehicles were seized. The Drug Enforcement Administration will take possession of the marijuana.

"This seizure shows how elements of our national strategy work when resourceful agents use information and relations to target and dismantle transnational criminal organizations operating within our border communities," stated Patrol Agent in Charge Michael G. Hyatt of the Sonoita Station.

Abandoned truck containing marijuana bundles.

Abandoned truck containing marijuana bundles.

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

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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017