TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized nearly 4,500 pounds of marijuana Friday worth an estimated $2.25 million.
Willcox Station agents working at the State Route 90 checkpoint arrested a male Mexican national Friday after agents discovered nearly 2,900 pounds of marijuana concealed in a semi-tractor trailer he was driving. A canine team alerted to the vehicle, prompting a secondary inspection. The Drug Enforcement Administration will take possession of the drug load valued at $1,450,000. The subject faces possible prosecution.
Also Friday, Ajo agents working near Pia Oik Village responded to reports of suspected narcotics smuggling and discovered an abandoned GMC Yukon concealed in dense brush. Inside the vehicle, agents found 86 bundles of marijuana weighing almost 1,600 pounds worth approximately $800,000. The vehicle and narcotics were transported to Ajo station for turnover to the DEA.
Checkpoints continue to prove effective at restricting major routes of egress from the border, preventing smugglers from transporting people, drugs and other contraband to the interior of the United States. Frustrated smugglers often abandon their contraband in hopes of eluding apprehension and subsequent prosecution.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
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.