Border Patrol Seize More Than $4.9 Million of Dopeby Hugh Holub on Dec. 21, 2010, under border issues, drug smuggling, politics
US Customs & Border Protection Press Release December 21, 2010:
CBP’s U.S. Border Patrol Seize More Than $4.9 Million of
Marijuana over the Weekend
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector seized more than 6,200 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of nearly $5 million, over the weekend in seven separate incidents.
On Friday morning, agents assigned to the Casa Grande Station tracked footprints and discovered more than 825 pounds of marijuana abandoned in a wash. Later that afternoon, agents responded to surveillance technology and discovered 56 bundles of marijuana, weighing more than 1,225 pounds, in an abandoned vehicle Friday afternoon. Friday night agents were sign cutting in the West Desert and discovered 15 abandoned backpacks of marijuana, weighing more than 750 pounds. Agents secured the marijuana and thoroughly searched the area for the smugglers to no avail. The three Casa Grande seizures were valued at more than $2.2 million. The contraband and vehicle were taken to the Casa Grande Station for processing.
Sonoita Station Border Patrol agents, utilizing detection technology Friday morning, encountered smugglers that immediately dropped more than 650 pounds of marijuana and absconded to Mexico. Friday afternoon agents working traffic observed an abandoned vehicle in a wash containing more than 350 pounds of marijuana. Agents conducted an exhaustive search for the smugglers with no luck. The contraband and vehicles seized were taken to the Sonoita Station for processing. The combined value of the Sonoita seizures was estimated at more than $800,000.
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Border Patrol Station responded to a suspicious vehicle which was abandoned in a wash with more than 1,150 pounds of marijuana on Friday night. Saturday morning the Ajo All Terrain Vehicle unit (ATV) working in the West Desert discovered 23 bundles of marijuana, weighing more than 1,250 pounds, hidden in the brush. The Ajo seizures had a total value of more than $1.9 million.
“Smugglers attempt to use remote locations and washes to hide their contraband from the Border Patrol. However, the Tucson Sector is equipped with surveillance technology and personnel who are determined to prevent contraband from further entering into the U.S.,” said Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent Randy R. Hill. “Despite the recent loss of our agent we are committed to keeping our borders safe from anyone attempting to conduct criminal activity in our area of responsibility.”
Smugglers will often abandon their contraband rather than face the consequence of Tucson Sector’s successful IMPACT programs. The IMPACT programs are in place to ensure that all smugglers receive a consequence for breaking the law.
The Border Patrol continues to rely on the community to assist. Should you see any suspicious activity please report it by calling 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.