Tucson, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Casa Grande Station seized 2,000 pounds of marijuana and three vehicles Thursday after following off-road tire tracks through the desert. The marijuana has an estimated value of $1.6 million.
When agents encountered the vehicles, agents observed that all three contained cellophane wrapped bundles. Agents seized a total of 160 bundles of marijuana.
"Agents consistently rely on their tracking skills to interdict a variety of border incursions," said Patrol Agent in Charge Chris T. Clem. "These traditional tracking methods, paired with the determination of agents in the field, continue to be an effective tool in the modern age."
From Oct. 1, 2009, to Aug. 31, 2010, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol seized more than 943,000 pounds of marijuana valued in excess of $754 million.
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.