Tucson, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Ajo station seized more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana during three separate incidents within the last 72 hours. The combined value of the marijuana is estimated at $2.5 million.
The largest seizure occurred Monday when agents responded to a suspicious vehicle spotted by an agent using a handheld infrared camera. Agents discovered an abandoned truck containing 2,000 pounds of marijuana. The agent using the infrared camera observed two subjects fleeing the area back toward Mexico. No arrests were made in connection with the seizure.
Yesterday, an agent was conducting patrol duties in a remote location. The agent responded to suspicious activity near his location and discovered 14 bundles of marijuana hidden in the brush. The agent searched the immediate area but was unable to locate any subjects. The 14 bundles had a combined weight of more than 600 pounds.
"These seizures are a testament to the hard work of our agents assigned to the Ajo Station," said Patrol Agent in Charge Brian Hastings. "Their experience and determination, combined with proven technology and infrastructure, is furthering our mission of securing our nation's borders."
The most recent seizure occurred early this morning when agents assigned to the Ajo Horse Patrol Unit responded to a call. An agent, using an infrared camera saw a group of suspected illegal aliens and guided the horse patrol unit to their location. When they arrived, the subjects had fled. Agents searched the area and discovered 20 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 500 pounds and valued at roughly $445,000. In each incident, the seized marijuana was taken to the Ajo Station for processing.
Tucson Sector Border Patrol Agents remain vigilant despite continuous attempts from smugglers to cross contraband into the United States. Through the proper mix of manpower, technology and infrastructure, from Oct. 1, 2009, to April 30, 2010, agents in the Tucson Sector seized approximately 622,000 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $498 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.