Tucson, Ariz. - Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector, a component of the Joint Field Command-Arizona, seized 4,480 pounds of marijuana worth more than $3.5 million in the West Desert.
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Last night, Ajo Station agents assigned to the Papago Forward Operating Base responded to detection technology while a Customs and Border Protection helicopter provided aerial support. Agents identified and began tracking tire tracks that led to two abandoned Chevrolet pickup trucks loaded with marijuana bundles.
Inside the vehicles, agents found a total of 4,480 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $3,584,000. The vehicles and narcotics were seized and transported to the Ajo Station for processing. (Photos available)
"The continued vigilance by the men and women of the Ajo Station combined with our enhanced detection technology continues to disrupt the efforts of transnational criminal organizations operating in the western corridor of the Tucson Sector," said Acting Deputy Chief Manuel Padilla.
The probability of arrest and the penalties for drug smuggling have had an impact on smugglers. Oftentimes, they choose to abandon their drug loads rather than risk apprehension and prosecution.
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