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Smugglers Apprehended, Vehicles Seized in Southern Arizona

Release Date: 
July 21, 2011

Tucson, Ariz. - Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized two vehicles loaded with a total of 740 pounds of marijuana Wednesday, valued at roughly $370,000, and apprehended two smugglers in connection with the drug loads.

The first encounter occurred early yesterday when Casa Grande Station agents working in a remote area of the West Desert discovered an abandoned vehicle loaded with marijuana bundles. After securing the vehicle, agents initiated a tracking operation and followed footprints leading away from the vehicle. The footprints led agents to an individual with five more marijuana bundles. The subject, vehicle and 600 pounds of marijuana were transported to the Casa Grande Station for processing. The smuggler is being held for federal prosecution.

Later that evening, agents from the Willcox Station encountered a suspicious vehicle on State Route 80 and conducted a vehicle stop. Agents noticed the driver was very nervous and that the vehicle had a strong odor of marijuana. Upon further inspection, agents discovered 101 bundles of marijuana with a combined weight of 140 pounds with an estimated value of $70,350. The driver, vehicle and marijuana were taken to the Willcox Station for processing. The driver is being held for federal prosecution.

Customs and Border Protection works tirelessly to prevent illegal narcotics from entering our communities. These apprehensions and seizures are examples of how agents use technology, time-proven tracking methods, and determination to keep communities safe.

Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has made significant investments toward establishing a secure, safe border environment to improve the quality of life throughout Arizona communities.

Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Report suspicious activity by calling the Border Patrol toll free at (1-877) 872-7435. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017