Agents on the ground were responding to an Air and Marine Operations sighting of multiple suspects crossing the border east of Nogales with bundles of suspected marijuana. When agents arrived in the area of the group’s last known location, the smugglers dropped their packs and scattered.
Agents searched the area and found more than $154,000 worth of marijuana. An AMO helicopter crew flew in to assist in an extensive search for the suspects until the Border Patrol’s cameras detected the individuals crossing back into Mexico.
Agents transported the marijuana to the Nogales Station for processing before turning it over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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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.