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Smugglers' Strategy: Abandon Dope

Release Date: 
January 15, 2013

TUCSON, ARIZ.—Ajo Station agents seized 4,585 pounds of abandoned marijuana during three separate incidents in the West Desert yesterday.

 

Frustrated smugglers often abandon their contraband in hopes of eluding apprehension and subsequent prosecution

 

Ajo Station agents assigned to the all-terrain unit were patrolling near Why, Ariz., Monday morning when they discovered an abandoned Chevy Suburban loaded with 85 bundles of marijuana. The drugs weighed approximately 1,724 pounds with an estimated value of $862,000.

Later in the day, agents spotted vehicle tire tracks heading off-road. After following the tracks to a wash, they discovered an abandoned 2003 Chevy Tahoe loaded with 66 bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 1,340 pounds and valued at $670,000.

Ajo agents working near Pia Oik village last night located another abandoned 2003 Chevy Tahoe concealed in the dense brush. Inside, they found 76 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,521 pounds worth approximately $760,500.

 

Frustrated smugglers often abandon their contraband in hopes of eluding apprehension and subsequent prosecution.

 

In all cases, the vehicles and narcotics were transported to Ajo Station and will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Frustrated smugglers often abandon their contraband in hopes of eluding apprehension and subsequent prosecution.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017