Tucson, Ariz. - U. S. Border Patrol agents from Tucson Sector's Sonoita Border Patrol Station arrested six suspected smugglers and seized 1,764 pounds of marijuana and five vehicles over the weekend.
Agents working near Huachuca City, Ariz., with the assistance of a canine team, seized a vehicle Friday containing 48 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,202 pounds. The driver and passenger were taken into custody and transported to the Sonoita Station, along with the marijuana and vehicle, for further processing. Both subjects face possible federal prosecution.
The following morning, agents observed several subjects carrying backpacks of what appeared to be marijuana and walking toward four pickup trucks parked near Washington Camp. Agents approached the vehicles and determined the backpacks contained narcotics. All four subjects were taken into custody. The vehicles, marijuana and subjects were transported to the Sonoita Station for further processing. The 32 bundles of marijuana, weighing 562 pounds and worth an estimated $281,000, will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. All subjects face possible federal prosecution.
The Tucson Sector employs targeted enforcement efforts to deny and dismantle transnational criminal organizations operating in the Arizona corridor. Significant gains have been made toward combating illicit activity along the Arizona/Mexico border by targeting smuggling organizations in their preferred area of operations, and ensuring that smugglers face stiff penalties for their actions.
CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.
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.