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Joint Operations Lead to Dope, Equipment Seizure

Release Date: 
May 1, 2013

TUCSON, ARIZ.—Joint enforcement operations, focusing on transnational criminal organizations operating in the west desert, resulted in the seizure of 1,734 pounds of marijuana and multiple two-way radios.


954 Pounds of marijuana seized by the West Desert Task Force

954 Pounds of marijuana seized by the West Desert Task Force

Last Thursday, West Desert Task Force (WDTF) members working with a CBP Air and Marine aircraft located an abandoned vehicle and 780 pounds of marijuana south of Vekol Valley.

Ajo and Casa Grande station agents assigned to the WDTF, found 43 bales of abandoned marijuana and two ATVs Friday near Cocklebur, Ariz. The dope, weighing 954 pounds, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

On Sun-day, officers and agents of the WDTF located two additional ATVs and various pieces of communication equipment southwest of Casa Grande, Ariz. The equipment consisted of six radios, multiple batteries and a repeater. A tracking operation was initiated, but no arrests were made.

The West Desert Task Force is comprised of officers and agents from the Ajo and Casa Grande Border Patrol stations; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations; and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

The Tucson sector Border Patrol values its strong partnerships with other federal, state, tribal and local agencies. Together, these organizations continue to negatively impact transnational criminal organizations attempting to exploit Arizona's border region.

Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017