Monday, May 23, 2011
Border Patrol nets $2.35m worth of pot over weekend
TUCSON - Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized 4,716 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $2.35 million, in five separate incidents over the past weekend.
On May 20, Border Patrol agents at the Ajo Station tracked a vehicle that had driven off-road into the desert, according to a release from Customs and Border Protection. Agents found the abandoned Chevrolet Suburban with about 2,039 pounds of marijuana inside. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Peoria - the vehicle was turned over to the Tohono O'odham Police Department, and the marijuana was transported to the Ajo Station for processing.
On May 22, agents used a portable infrared surveillance device to detect a group of backpackers walking in the desert near the Silverbell Mine, CBP says. As agents approached the area, the backpackers fled, dropping about 900 pounds of marijuana. The drugs, worth an estimated $450,000, were seized and transported to the Tucson station for processing.
Also over the weekend, Ajo Station Border Patrol agents seized 619 pounds of marijuana, and Sonoita Station agents stopped two smugglers and seized about 1,156 pounds of pot in two separate incidents.