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CBP U.S. Border Patrol Agents In Southern Arizona Seize Abandoned Vehicles, Marijuana

Release Date: 
March 8, 2012

Tucson, Ariz. - Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized approximately 1,361 pounds of marijuana while patrolling in the west desert Tuesday night.

Ajo Station agents assisted by Air and Marine air assets responded to vehicles traveling off-road in the west desert. Upon arrival, agents searched the area and discovered two abandoned vehicles hidden in a wash. One vehicle was empty; the second was loaded with 67 bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 1,361 pounds and valued at $680,500. The vehicle containing marijuana was taken to the Ajo Border Patrol Station for processing. The empty vehicle was turned over to the Tohono O'odham Police Department.

The Tucson Sector employs targeted enforcement efforts to deny and dismantle transnational criminal organizations. Significant progress has been made toward combating illicit activity along the Arizona/Mexico border by impacting smugglers' ability to transport contraband throughout the United States and ensuring they face stiff penalties for their actions. As a result, smugglers frequently 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.

All CBP assets in Arizona were realigned under a unified command structure in February 2011. Joint Field Command - Arizona unifies the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, to enhance border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to meet Arizona's unique challenges. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017