Tucson, Ariz. - Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Casa Grande Station seized nearly 2,000 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $1.5 million on Monday.
Agents working in the West Desert observed a suspicious vehicle driving off-road. Agents inspected the vehicle, which had been abandoned, and discovered 127 bundles of marijuana, weighing more than 1,990 pounds. A thorough search of the area was conducted for the smugglers to no avail. The vehicle and marijuana, with a value of more than $1.5 million, were seized and taken to the Casa Grande Station for processing.
"Our agents are impacting the amount of illegal narcotics that smugglers are attempting to move into the United States," said Patrol Agent in Charge Chris T. Clem. "The Border Patrol will continue to deploy its resources to effectively gain control of our nation's border."
The Border Patrol utilizes several specialty units, such as Canine Teams, that continue to be extremely effective at alerting to the presence of illegal narcotics. From Oct. 1, 2009, to August 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.