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Joint Agency Collaboration Targets Transnational Criminal Organizations

Release Date: 
April 2, 2012

Tucson, Ariz. - A targeted enforcement operation focusing on transnational criminal organizations operating in the west desert resulted in the seizure of more than one ton of abandoned marijuana valued at $1.07 million.

During weekend operations, the West Desert Task Force, made up of the Tucson Sector Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, discovered an abandoned vehicle southwest of Casa Grande, near Interstate 8, loaded with 101 bundles of marijuana. Records revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Goodyear. The vehicle and marijuana were transported to the Ajo Border Patrol Station for processing.

The Tucson Sector Border Patrol is committed to working with other federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to assess the risks associated with transnational criminal organizations attempting to operate within the Arizona corridor.

CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017