An agent operating a mobile surveillance vehicle reported seeing multiple individuals approximately 15 miles north of the border, carrying large backpacks suspected of being marijuana. The agent then directed other agents on horseback to the smugglers’ location.
When the Horse Patrol agents arrived on scene, they encountered four men – two Hondurans and two Mexicans – but had to back track to find the bundles abandoned in thick brush.
Once agents confirmed no additional suspects nor contraband were in the area, they transported the suspects and marijuana, worth an estimated $77,500, to the Casa Grande Station for processing. The four suspects will be charged for immigration violations in addition to contraband smuggling.
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.