TUCSON, ARIZ.—In multiple incidents over the weekend, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested three smugglers and seized an estimated $2.2 million worth of marijuana and a vehicle.
Early Saturday, Ajo Station agents from the All-Terrain Vehicle unit responded to detection technology in the west desert and, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection air support, located 42 bundles of marijuana and arrested three individuals. The narcotics, weighing 1,922 pounds and worth an estimated $961,000, will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The individuals, all Mexican nationals, now face federal prosecution for narcotics smuggling.
Sunday night, Casa Grande agents responding to detection technology seized 16 backpack-style marijuana bundles near Quitoja, Ariz. The marijuana weighed 872 pounds and was estimated to be worth of $436,000. The narcotics will be turned over to the DEA.
In two separate incidents early Monday, Ajo agents seized a total of 1,617 pounds of marijuana. In one incident, a Jeep Grand Cherokee was found abandoned in a remote west desert area with 86 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,093 pounds. The narcotics, worth an estimated $546,500, and vehicle were seized.
In the other incident, Ajo agents assisted by detection technology seized 524 pounds of abandoned marijuana worth approximately $262,000. The drugs will be turned over to the DEA.
Border Patrol agents continue to remain vigilant while securing our nation's borders. Agents using a combination of mobile detection technology are able to respond faster to smugglers attempting to transport contraband into the United States.
CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.
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.