Tucson, Ariz. - Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector, a component of the Joint Field Command-Arizona, seized nearly 1,300 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $634,500 yesterday.
Naco Station agents utilizing a Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) observed a vehicle driving off-road near the international boundary west of Naco. Agents responded to the area and discovered the vehicle abandoned with several bundles of marijuana inside. The marijuana and vehicle were seized and transported to the Naco Station for processing. The narcotics had a total weight of 1,269 pounds.
Detection technology such as the RVSS provides Border Patrol agents with the ability to quickly detect, interdict, and respond to illicit criminal activity. Investments in technology have assisted the Border Patrol in making great strides toward establishing a secure and safe border environment and improving the quality of life of affected communities throughout the state of Arizona.
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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