TUCSON, Ariz. – A Sonoita Station Border Patrol Canine Team working near Patagonia found 51 bundles of marijuana Tuesday afternoon.
An agent and his canine partner checking trails commonly used by narcotics and human smugglers identified suspicious footprints that led them to further investigate. The team followed the tracks until they came upon 45 abandoned bundles of marijuana. Additional agents responded to assist and discovered six more bundles a short distance away. In total, agents seized almost 1000 pounds of marijuana valued in excess of $480,000.
A search of the area yielded negative results for anyone who may have been involved in the smuggling attempt. Agents transported the bundles to the Sonoita Station for processing in accordance to Tucson Sector guidelines.
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.