Tucson, Ariz.- Ajo Border Patrol Agents seized approximately 5,000 pounds of marijuana valued at $2.54 million in four separate incidents over the holiday weekend.
Last night, agents monitoring remote video surveillance equipment spotted illicit cross-border activity east of Lukeville. Agents assigned to the all terrain unit responded to the area and located 24 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 1,100 pounds total. The marijuana, valued at $588,000, was transported to the Ajo Station pending transfer to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Earlier that same day, Barry M. Goldwater Range security officials notified the Ajo Station that they had discovered 20 bundles of suspected narcotics and requested assistance locating additional narcotics. An Ajo canine team responded to the area and recovered 21 additional bundles weighing more than 2,000 pounds with an estimated value of $1.03 million. Agents turned the narcotics over to the Maricopa County Sherriff's Office.
Early on Saturday, agents operating RVS equipment notified agents in the field of possible illicit activity east of Lukeville. Agents responding to the area located 24 bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 1,200 pounds with an estimated value of $314,000. The marijuana was transported to the Ajo Station pending transfer to the DEA.
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.