Tucson, Ariz. - Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana in two separated incidents yesterday with a combined value of almost $583,000.
The first incident occurred when Casa Grande Station agents, using thermal imaging technology, observed suspected cross-border activity early Monday. Agents then closed in on three all-terrain vehicles hauling 15 bundles of marijuana weighing 746 pounds. The ATVs were seized and the marijuana transported to the Casa Grande Station pending transfer to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The marijuana has an estimated value of more than $370,000.
Last night, near San Pedro Valley, Willcox agents interdicted three individuals in two vehicles involved in an attempt to smuggle 419 pounds of marijuana valued at nearly $210,000. The subjects, narcotics and vehicles were transported to the Willcox Station for further processing.
Smugglers often prefer to abandon their drug loads rather than risk being caught. Anyone apprehended for smuggling will face an appropriate legal consequence. In January, the Tucson Sector implemented a comprehensive Consequence Delivery System designed to break the smuggling cycle.
Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has made significant investments toward establishing a secure, safe border environment to improve the quality of life throughout Arizona communities.
Customs and Border Protection appreciates assistance from the community. Report suspicious activity by calling the Border Patrol toll free (1-877) 872-7435. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.