Border Patrol ATV Unit Seizes More Than Half a Ton of Marijuanaby Hugh Holub on Nov. 24, 2010, under border issues, drug smuggling, politics
US Customs and Border Protection Press Release November 23, 2010
Border Patrol ATV Unit Seizes More Than Half a Ton of Marijuana
TUCSON, Ariz. – On Monday, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Station seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana, valued at over $800,000.
Agents assigned to the All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) unit patrolling in the West Desert discovered suspicious foot prints. The ATV unit tracked the foot prints and uncovered 21 bundles of marijuana hidden in the brush. The marijuana weighed in at more than 1,000 pounds. A thorough search of the area was conducted for the smugglers without success. The marijuana, valued over $800,000, was seized and taken to the Ajo Station for processing.
“The word is spreading that if smugglers are caught operating in our country they will be prosecuted,” said Ajo Patrol Agent in Charge Jack Jeffreys. “Because Tucson Sector has implemented the use of consequence programs, it has sent a clear message to smuggling organizations that they will no longer be allowed to operate in the Tucson Sector.”
The Border Patrol utilizes several specialty units, such as the ATV unit, 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.
The Border Patrol continues to rely on the community to ensure that illicit drugs or activity do not reach further into our communities. Should you see suspicious activity please report it to our toll free number at 1-877-872-7435. All calls will be answered and will remain anonymous.
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.
Note: while I have been critical of the Border Patrol strategy that fails to concentrate agents at the border so drugs and illegal immigrants can’t even get into the US…there is no question the Border Patrol is really working hard to stop the flow of drugs andillegal immigrants into the US.
I post all press releases and other information provided by the Border Patrol to readers can appreciate what they are doing ut there.