Tucson, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Tucson Sector seized more than 1,575 pounds of marijuana on Thursday valued at approximately $1.2 million.
Ajo Station agents, working with a remote video surveillance system (RVSS) near Lukeville, detected a vehicle driving off-road. Agents responded to the location and discovered an abandoned vehicle that was loaded with 74 bundles of marijuana. A thorough search of the area was conducted for the smugglers to no avail. The vehicle and marijuana were seized and taken to the Ajo Station for processing.
"This seizure shows the dedication our agents have to stopping the flow of narcotics into our Nation," said Patrol Agent in Charge Jack Jeffreys. "The Border Patrol continues to deploy technology to effectively monitor our nation's border."
The Border Patrol utilizes technology, such as RVSS, to greatly enhance the situational awareness of agents in the vast and remote spans of the Sonoran Desert. As a result, the Border Patrol continues to improve in the detection and interception of illegal activity.
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.