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Old-Fashioned Tracking Seizes a Ton of Marijuana

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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.

Last Modified: February 3, 2021