TUCSON, ARIZ.—Customs and Border Protection Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized an estimated $720,000 worth of abandoned marijuana in two separate incidents on January 12.
Casa Grande agents on horseback discovered 17 backpack-style bundles in a wash south of Sells, Arizona. The agents were responding to reports of potential smuggling activities when they located the contraband. The marijuana weighed 920 pounds and has an estimated value of $460,000.
Douglas agents stopped two vehicles attempting to return to Mexico illegally after local citizens called the station to report potential smuggling activity in the area. When agents approached, multiple individuals exited the vehicles and fled into Mexico on foot. One of the vehicles contained 424 small bricks of marijuana weighing 520 pounds, hidden in the door panels, back seat and under the truck's bed. The value of the marijuana is estimated at $260,000.
Local community members often see and hear things when law enforcement agents are not around. CBP Border Patrol agents appreciate the assistance they receive from community members. By alerting the Border Patrol to suspected criminal activity, local residents play a key role in improving the safety of their communities.
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 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.