TUCSON, ARIZ.—CBP Border Patrol agents from the Tucson Sector seized $682,500 worth of marijuana during four separate incidents Tuesday.
Ajo agents from the horse patrol unit responded to suspected narcotics smuggling near the village of Pia Oik and discovered four bundles of abandoned marijuana, weighing 292 pounds, with an estimated value of $146,000.
Ajo agents from the all-terrain vehicle unit found 249 pounds of abandoned marijuana, worth $124,500, southeast of the Lukeville port of entry.
Agents assigned to the Ajo field training unit, responding to reports of suspected drug smuggling, discovered six bundles of abandoned marijuana weighing 268 pounds and valued at $134,000.
A Nogales Border Patrol canine team and agents, assisted by CBP's Office of Air and Marine, discovered 11 abandoned bundles of marijuana weighing 556 pounds and valued at $278,000.
All seized narcotics will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Specialty units continue to play a vital role in combating transnational criminal organizations from operating in the Tucson sector. Frustrated smugglers often abandon their contraband in hopes of eluding apprehension and subsequent prosecution.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
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.