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Collaborative Enforcement Efforts by CBP Results in Marijuana Seizure in Excess of $1.3 Million

Release Date: 
November 1, 2010

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.

1,700 pounds of marijuana seized in the west desert.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017