TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized 1,363 of pounds of marijuana Wednesday valued at approximately $681,500.
Agents from the Casa Grande station, responding to detection technology, discovered 19 abandoned burlap backpacks and four cellophane wrapped bundles of marijuana. Agents apprehended a male Mexican national from Zacatecas, Mexico, in connection with the narcotics, which weighed 1,119 pounds and had an estimated value of $559,500. The drugs and subject were transported to the station for processing. At the station, agents discovered the subject had an outstanding warrant in Las Vegas, Nev., for cocaine possession. The subject faces possible extradition and prosecution.
In a separate incident, a Willcox station canine team inspected a vehicle with three occupants - two adults and one minor child - at the State Route 80 checkpoint. Agents found 173 bricks of marijuana concealed throughout the vehicle. The adults were taken into custody and transported to the station for processing. Child Protective Services was immediately contacted and took custody of the child. The marijuana weighed 244 pounds with an estimated valued of $122,000.
Checkpoints play a vital role in the Border Patrol's ability to restrict routes of egress from the border area. By impacting smugglers' ability to transport contraband throughout the United States, Border Patrol agents have made significant progress toward establishing a secure and safe border environment while improving the quality of life for affected communities throughout Arizona.
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.