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Tucson Sector Border Patrol Seize Firearms During Holiday Weekend

Release Date: 
November 14, 2011

Tucson, Ariz. - Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector, a component of the Joint Field Command-Arizona, apprehended five subjects and seized three weapons, 81 rounds of ammunition, two vehicles and more than 240 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $121,500 in three incidents during the holiday weekend.

Late Thursday, Douglas Station agents using mobile surveillance technology observed a vehicle being loaded with bundles of suspected marijuana. Agents drove to the area and followed the vehicle, which then drove off-road before two subjects eventually exited the vehicle and started running. Agents tracked and apprehended the driver, a United States citizen. The driver, vehicle, and marijuana weighing 165 pounds, were transported to the Douglas Border Patrol Station for processing. The driver is being held for prosecution. (Photo Available)

Tucson Border Patrol seized firearms from this vehicle.

Tucson Border Patrol seized firearms from this vehicle.

Friday, Tucson Sector agents working in the West Desert were tracking footprints when a Border Patrol canine team located three backpacks filled with bricks of marijuana and a loaded .22 revolver abandoned in the desert. The pistol, ammunition and 78 pounds of marijuana were transported to the Tucson Border Patrol Station for processing.

Early Monday, Casa Grande Station received a call from Pinal County Sheriff's Office that a deputy made a vehicle stop on State Route 84 near Stanfield, Ariz. and had three suspected illegal immigrants and a U.S. citizen, who was driving the vehicle, in custody. Agents arrived on scene and took custody of the individuals. During a search of the vehicle, agents found a loaded pistol under the driver's seat and an unloaded revolver concealed in the back pocket of the driver's seat, as well as additional rounds of ammunition. The subjects are being held pending further investigation and will be presented for federal prosecution. The weapons and ammunition will be turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017