Tucson, AZ. - Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector, a component of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Joint Field Command-Arizona, seized 1,056 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $528,215 in the West Desert October 5, 2011.
Ajo Station agents,working in a remote mountainous area east of Lukeville, located a set of footprints in the desert. It appeared that carpeting was used to mask evidence of the footprints. However, agents were able to track the prints to a nearby mountain pass where they discovered 23 bundles of marijuana hidden within the rocks. The marijuana was seized and transported to the Ajo Station for processing.
One of the oldest tools used by Border Patrol agents is the traditional art of tracking. Since the Border Patrol was created in 1924, agents have relied heavily on this time-honored skill that continues to be a relevant and very effective method in detecting criminal activity.
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