Tucson, Ariz. - Tucson Sector agents assigned to the Ajo Station seized over 1,700 pounds of marijuana followed by BORSTAR agents uncovering close to 400 pounds making a total net of 2,100 pounds in a 24-hour period with estimated value of more than $1.6 million.
While patrolling in the west desert area, agents detected vehicle tracks that drove off road from Federal Route 34. Agents followed the tracks and found a stationary vehicle covered with a tarp in the brush. Upon further inspection, agents discovered 79 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 1,700 pounds. The vehicle, a White Ford F-250 Pick-Up Truck, had been reported stolen. The stolen vehicle was turned over to Tohono O'odham Police Department and the marijuana seized was transported to the Ajo Border Patrol Station for processing.
BORSTAR Agents tracking footprints north of State Route 86 near Kit Peak uncovered nearly 400 pounds of marijuana buried in the ground in an attempt to conceal it. The marijuana was transported for processing.
"This is another perfect example of our employing available resources effectively and efficiently," said Associate Chief Raleigh Leonard. "The deployment of specialty units in combination with agents who possess traditional tracking skills increases our ability to detect and interdict illegal border crossers and narcotic traffickers."
Traditional tracking methods continue to be one of the more effective tools used by Border Patrol agents in the field. From Oct. 1, 2009, to July 31, 2010, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol seized more than 867,500 pounds of marijuana worth more than $694 million.
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.