Another ton of pot gets nabbed by Border Patrolby Hugh Holub on Mar. 25, 2011, under border issues, border patrol, border patrol tucson sector, drug smuggling, politics
US Border Patrol Seizes More Than a Ton of Marijuana in 24 Hours
Surveillance Technology, Citizen Reports Lead to Seizures
TUCSON, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Sector seized a combined 2,256 pounds of marijuana in two separate incidents yesterday. The two seizures, worth an estimated $1,015,200, occurred in separate locations of the West Desert.
Ajo Station agents used surveillance technology to locate a marijuana load hidden in the brush. Agents responding to the locations discovered 31 bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 1,625 pounds, with a street value of $ $731,250.
In a second incident, Ajo Station agents received a report of a suspicious vehicle traveling north of Sells, Ariz. Agents responded to the area and found the vehicle abandoned in the desert, loaded with 30 bundles of marijuana. The marijuana weighed 631 pounds, with an estimated street value of $283,950 was seized along with the vehicle. (Photos Available)
As a result of the Tucson Sector’s efforts to disrupt and deny transnational criminal organizations from operating in the West Desert, smuggling organizations often abandon their drug loads rather than risk apprehension and face prosecution.
Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has pursued a border strategy with an unprecedented sense of urgency, making historic investments in personnel, technology and infrastructure while combating transnational criminal organizations that smuggle narcotics, weapons, and people across our shared border with Mexico.
The Border Patrol continues to rely on the community to assist. Suspicious activity can be reported by calling toll free 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. To report suspicious activity and remain anonymous, please call our toll free number at 1-877-872-7435.