TUCSON, ARIZ.—Joint enforcement operations, focusing on transnational criminal organizations operating in the west desert, resulted in the seizure of 1,372 pounds of marijuana and a stolen 2005 Chevy Tahoe near Cocklebur, Ariz.
Early this morning, West Desert Task Force (WDTF) members were alerted by detection technology to possible smuggling activity. Working with a CBP Air and Marine aircraft, they located an abandoned vehicle and 60 bundles of marijuana hidden in thick brush nearby.
The drug seizure, valued at approximately $686,000, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Record checks revealed that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Scottsdale earlier in the week. The vehicle was turned over to the Tohono O'odham Police Department.
The WDTF is a joint initiative between U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office to combat narcotics trafficking in the west desert region of Arizona. The task force is sponsored by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and works in association with the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats
The Tucson Sector Border Patrol values its strong partnerships with other federal, state, tribal and local agencies. Together, these organizations continue to negatively impact transnational criminal organizations attempting to exploit Arizona's border region.
Customs and Border Protection 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.