Tucson, Ariz. -Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector, a component of the Joint Field Command-Arizona, recovered a stolen vehicle and seized more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $1.1 million, as well as 1.6 pounds of heroin valued at approximately $21,760.
Casa Grande Station agents assigned to the Motorbike Unit were tracking a group of suspected drug smugglers Monday when they discovered five bundles of marijuana weighing 342 pounds concealed in heavy brush. While searching the area, agents also found a backpack containing a 1.6 pound package of heroin. The marijuana and heroin, with a combined value of almost $193,000 were transported to the Casa Grande Station for processing.
In another incident Monday, Casa Grande agents tracking a vehicle traveling off-road in the West Desert discovered the vehicle abandoned and concealed in brush. The vehicle contained 80 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,895 pounds and worth approximately $947,500. The marijuana and vehicle, reported stolen out of Litchfield, Ariz., were transported to the station for processing.
Smuggling contraband, either drugs or humans, is a federal crime. Smugglers frequently choose to abandon their loads rather than risk apprehension and the associated penalties.
CBP announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the U.S. Border Patrol, Air and Marine, and Field Operations under a unified command structure. The JFC-AZ integrates CBP's border security, commercial enforcement, and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in Arizona.
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