Tucson, Ariz. - On Sunday, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Station seized more than 1,700 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $1.3 million.
Agents working in the West Desert using thermal camera technology, observed a group of subjects carrying what appeared to be marijuana. A Horse Patrol unit and assets from the Office of Air & Marine (OAM) responded to the incursion. They apprehended four subjects along with 33 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 1,700 pounds. The subjects and marijuana, with an estimated value at more than $1.3 million, were seized and taken to the Ajo Station for processing.
"The Border Patrol continues to collaborate with its CBP partners, to secure our nations borders," said Patrol Agent in Charge Jack Jeffreys. "Although smuggling organizations go to great measures to transport their product, our agents remain vigilant in their efforts to prevent illegal narcotics from entering our communities."
The Border Patrol utilizes several specialty units, such as the Horse Patrol Unit (HPU), to effectively patrol in isolated areas. The right combination of personnel, technology and tactical infrastructure gives the Border Patrol the resources it needs to gain operational control of our border.
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.