News Release

June 6, 2011 Contact: Tucson Sector Public Affairs Office (520) 748-3210

Tucson Sector Border Patrol Agents Seize Nearly One Ton of Marijuana
Seized narcotics have estimated value of almost $1 million
TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized nearly 1,992 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $1 million in three separate incidents over the weekend. On Saturday morning, agents assigned to the Ajo Station discovered 16 bundles of marijuana abandoned in the desert while following footprints northeast of Lukeville, Ariz. Agents transported the marijuana to the Ajo Station for processing. The narcotics weighed 793 pounds with an estimated value of $396,500. On Saturday evening, Sonoita Station agents seized 12 bundles of marijuana discovered abandoned in the brush after following footprints in the mountains south of Sonoita. The narcotics, weighing 649 pounds with an estimated value of $324,500, were seized and taken to the Sonoita Station for transfer to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Early this morning, Border Patrol agents from the Casa Grande Station were patrolling Newfield, Ariz., when they responded to a detection technology alert and observed a suspicious pick-up truck in the immediate area. Subsequently, agents performed a vehicle stop and determined the truck was loaded with marijuana. The driver, truck and marijuana were taken to the Casa Grande Station for further processing. The narcotics weighed 549 pounds with an estimated value of $274,500. The truck was seized and the driver is being held for prosecution. 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. The Border Patrol welcomes assistance from the community. Report suspicious activity by calling toll free 1-877-872-7435. All calls will be answered and will remain anonymous. ~CBP~ 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.

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