Tucson, Ariz. - In two separate incidents over the last 24 hours, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector seized marijuana with an approximate weight of 925 pounds and an estimated value exceeding $740,000.
Nogales Station agents assigned to the Interstate 19 Checkpoint seized more than 260 pounds of marijuana Wednesday, when a Border Patrol canine team alerted to a vehicle during inspection. The vehicle, marijuana and driver were transported to Nogales Station for processing. (Photos available)
In a separate incident, agents assigned to the Nogales Station responded to a call of possible illegal activity in downtown Nogales Thursday. Agents discovered 25 bundles of marijuana hidden in the brush, weighing more than 665 pounds.
"Checkpoints, along with the keen contraband detection abilities of canine units, have been critical to the drug interdiction effectiveness of our agents" said Interim Patrol Agent in Charge of the Nogales Station Carla Provost. "Nogales agents remain dedicated to preventing illegal narcotics from reaching our communities while improving the quality of life along the border."
The Border Patrol's defense-in-depth strategy allows agents conducting checkpoint operations to disrupt the pathways of illegal drugs. From Oct. 1, 2009 to Aug. 31, 2010, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol seized more than 943,000 pounds of marijuana valued in excess of $754 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.