TUCSON – Over the long holiday weekend, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol seized more than 1,250 pounds of marijuana in three separate stops.
On Friday, agents from the Ajo Station followed footprints of a suspected smuggling group and with the help of Customs and Border Protection recovered 13 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 650 pounds. No smugglers were found in this case.
On Saturday, agents in the Casa Grande Station found footprints of suspected smugglers and after following them for several hours, came across 10 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 500 pounds. Agents were not able to capture the smugglers.
In another incident in Casa Grande, agents stopped a vehicle driving off-road in the West Desert. A canine team alerted agents to more than 100 pounds of marijuana concealed within the gas tank.
“Our collective goal is to greatly reduce the likelihood that narcotics can be successfully smuggled through the West Desert,” said Associate Chief Patrol Agent Raleigh Leonard. “With continued deployments of sophisticated detection technology, increasing numbers of agents, and enhanced communication amongst Southern Arizona law enforcement agencies, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for narcotic traffickers to conduct operations without being detected.”
The total value of the pot seized is estimated to be more than $1 million.
Border Patrol encourages the public to report any suspicious activity to the toll-free number 1-877-872-7435. All callers will remain anonymous.