TUCSON, Ariz. – Nogales Station Border Patrol agents found more than 1,100 pounds of abandoned marijuana Monday morning worth in excess of $550,000.
A Border Patrol canine team patrolling rural mountain roads east of Nogales, Arizona, found dozens of foot print impressions on a known smuggling route and tracked them to a wooded area a few miles away.
Agents from Border Patrol’s All-Terrain Vehicle team assisted in the tracking operation. Instead of finding smugglers, however, agents came upon 24 packs of marijuana hidden under brush.
After agents conducted an exhaustive search and determined the smugglers were no longer in the area, they transported the marijuana to the Nogales Station for processing in accordance with 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.