Tucson, Ariz. - Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector, a component of the Joint Field Command-Arizona, seized more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana worth in excess of $1 million over the weekend.
Ajo agents working in the West Desert responded to suspected illegal activity Saturday evening and discovered tire tracks that led to an abandoned Ford Excursion concealed with a camouflage tarp. Under the tarp, agents found 105 bundles of marijuana, weighing 2,039 pounds and worth $1,019,500. The vehicle and narcotics were seized and transported to the Ajo Station for processing.
As a result of the Border Patrol's increased efforts to disrupt and deny transnational criminal organizations from operating in the Tucson Sector, smugglers often abandon their drug loads rather than risk apprehension and criminal prosecution.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
CBP announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and their Air Branches, as well as the Tucson Field Office, under a unified command structure. JFC-AZ integrates CBP's border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in Arizona. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona or visit Joint Field Command Arizona website for more information.
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.