Border Patrol seizes more than two tons of marijuana
Web Producer: Marlena Hamilton
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Border Patrol agents, who are a part of the Joint Field Command-Arizona, recovered two vehicles, three drug smugglers and seized more than 4,700 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $2,351,280.
Using mobile surveillance cameras, agents saw a vehicle driving off-road. Agents and a CBP Office of Air & Marine helicopter went to the area and found the vehicle abandoned and loaded with 143 bundles of marijuana in the cab and rear of the truck.
The Ajo Station agents on Saturday night saw a vehicle driving off-road. The West Desert Horse Patrol Unit agents responded to the area and found the vehicle abandoned. The vehicle contained 88 bundles of marijuana which was then transported to the Ajo Station for processing, according to the press release.
Casa Grande agents working in the West Desert Sunday afternoon, saw a group of suspected drug smugglers walking through the desert. The agents began following the subjects and arrested three illegal aliens carrying large backpacks of marijuana.
After a thorough search of the area, agents found 12 additional bundles of marijuana, according to the press release. The 15 bundles weighed more than 751 pounds worth approximately $375,640. The marijuana was transported to the Casa Grande Station for inspection.
Three illegal aliens are being held for prosecutions.