Border Patrol seizes over 2,500 pounds of marijuana
Border Patrol agents seized close to $3 million worth of marijuana during multiple incidents last weekend.
CREATED Oct 9, 2012
Web Producer: Taylor Higgins
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Border Patrol agents seized close to $3 million worth of marijuana during multiple incidents last weekend.
Mobile surveillance equipment allowed Ajo agents to observe a group of suspected narcotics smugglers Saturday morning, according to a media release from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. After approaching the suspected smugglers, agents discovered 11 bundles of abandoned marijuana that weight approximately 590 pounds and was valued at nearly $300,000.
Sunday morning, Ajo agents and a Border Patrol helicopter responded to detection technology near Federal Route 1. Shortly after responding to the scene, agents found an abandoned SUV that contained 1,745 pounds of marijuana worth more than $800,000.
Later Sunday, Casa Grande agents responded to suspected illegal activity while conducting joint operations near Ventana, Ariz. with U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Pinal County Sheriff's deputies.
After responding to the scene, agents and officers discovered tire tracks leading to two abandoned vehicles and 198 bundles of marijuana that were being concealed by vegetation. In total, the the almost 200 bundles was worth more than $1.6 million.