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Footprints in the Desert Lead to Marijuana Load

Release Date: 
March 14, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – Casa Grande Border Patrol agents arrested five Honduran nationals Sunday morning, near the village of Vaya Chin on the Tohono O’odham Nation, and seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana worth in excess of $150,000

Agents from the Casa Grande Station seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana on the Tohono O'odham Nation
Agents from the Casa Grande Station
seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana
on the Tohono O'odham Nation

The incident occurred in a remote desert area where agents using off-road motorcycles were following footprints along a known smuggling route. Agents followed the footprints to the Sierra Blanca Mountains and came upon 13 bales of marijuana. During a subsequent search of the surrounding area, agents located four men and one male juvenile; all illegally present in the United States.

The bundles of marijuana and the Honduran nationals are being processed per Tucson Sector guidelines.

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March 14, 2017