Tucson Sector Border Patrol Agents Seize One Ton of Marijuana from Stolen Vehicleby Hugh Holub on Jun. 17, 2011, under border issues, border patrol, border patrol tucson sector, drug smuggling, politics
US Border Patrol Press Release June 17, 2011:
Tucson Sector Border Patrol Agents Seize One Ton of Marijuana from Stolen Vehicle
Narcotics have estimated value of more than $1million
TUCSON, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Station seized more than one ton of marijuana and recovered a stolen vehicle in the West Desert this morning.Agents were patrolling the border northeast of the Lukeville Port when they discovered an abandoned vehicle in the desert and recovered 92 bundles of marijuana from inside the vehicle. Subsequently, a records check revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Phoenix. The marijuana, with an estimated value of more than $1 million, was transported to the Ajo Station for processing. The vehicle was turned over to the Tohono O’odham Police Department.The Border Patrol is committed to preventing dangerous narcotics from entering U.S. communities. From Oct. 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol has seized nearly three-quarters of a million pounds of marijuana.
Since launching the Southwest Border Initiative in March 2009, the Department of Homeland Security has made significant investments towards establishing a secure and safe border environment and improving the quality of life throughout the communities in the state of Arizona.
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