$1.3 million worth of pot seized in Ajo by Border Patrolby Hugh Holub on Nov. 01, 2010, under border issues, drug smuggling, politics
Press Release from US Customs and Border Protection November 1, 2010:
Collaborative Enforcement Efforts Result in Marijuana Seizure in Excess of $1.3 Million
TUCSON, Ariz. – On Sunday, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Station seized more than 1,700 pounds of marijuana, valued at over $1.3 million.
Agents working in the West Desert using thermal camera technology, observed a group of subjects carrying what appeared to be marijuana. A Horse Patrol unit and assets from the Office of Air & Marine (OAM) responded to the incursion. They apprehended four subjects along with 33 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 1,700 pounds. The subjects and marijuana, with an estimated value at over $1.3 million, were seized and taken to the Ajo Station for processing. (Photo Available)
“The Border Patrol continues to collaborate with its CBP partners, to secure our nations borders,” said Assistant Patrol Agent in Charge Paul Kuhn. “Although smuggling organizations go to great measures to transport their product, our agents remain vigilant in their efforts to prevent illegal narcotics from entering our communities.”
The Border Patrol utilizes several specialty units, such as the Horse Patrol Unit (HPU), to effectively patrol in isolated areas. The right combination of personnel, technology and tactical infrastructure gives the Border Patrol the resources it needs to gain operational control of our border.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.