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Border Patrol agents seize $3.8M worth of pot

  • Border Patrol agents from the Ajo Station found 86 bundles of marijuana stuffed into this SUV on Monday.
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionBorder Patrol agents from the Ajo Station found 86 bundles of marijuana stuffed into this SUV on Monday.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized $3,857,500 worth of marijuana and arrested four suspected drug smugglers in separate incidents since Saturday, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol announced Tuesday.

On Saturday, Ajo Station agents from the all-terrain vehicle unit and a CBP air crew found 42 bundles of marijuana and arrested three people from Mexico after detecting smuggling activity in the West Desert, the Border Patrol said.

The pot weighed 1,922 pounds and is worth $961,000. The suspected smugglers were held for federal prosecution, the Border Patrol said.

Agents from the Casa Grande Station seized 16 backpacks of marijuana Sunday night near Quitoja. The drugs, which weighed 872 pounds and are worth $436,000, the Border Patrol said.

On Monday, Willcox Station agents arrested a U.S. citizen following a vehicle stop. Agents found 369 pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle worth an estimated $184,500. The driver faces federal prosecution for narcotics smuggling.

In five incidents on Monday, Ajo Station agents recovered 4,533 pounds of pot totaling $2,276,000:

  • Agents responding to suspected smuggling early Monday located 15 bundles of marijuana weighing 721 pounds and valued at $360,500.
  • Later in the day, agents riding all-terrain vehicles and patrolling on foot found footprints that led up a remote mountain pass to 26 bundles of abandoned marijuana. No smugglers were located in the area. The bundles weighed 1,232 pounds and are estimated to be worth $616,000.
  • Ajo agents patrolling on horseback and on ATVs discovered 20 bundles of marijuana abandoned in separate piles. Agents made the discovery as they converged on an area of reported smuggling activity. The bundles, valued at approximately $491,500, had a combined weight of 983 pounds.
  • Agents found an abandoned SUV in a remote area of the West Desert with 86 bundles of marijuana stuffed inside. The pot weighed 1,093 pounds and was valued at $546,000, the Border Patrol said.
  • Agents were alerted to possible smuggling activity and found 524 pounds of pot worth $262,000 abandoned in the desert, the Border Patrol said.

The marijuana from all incidents was to be turned over the DEA, the Border Patrol said.

In other Border Patrol activity in the Tucson Sector in the past 24 hours:

Arrest

Ajo Station agents apprehended a Mexican man Monday after he illegally entered the United States. Agents found that he has a prior removal and he admitted to being a member of the Westside Playboys, a South Central Los Angeles street gang. He was held for federal prosecution.

Rescue

In another incident, Ajo agents responded to a rescue beacon activation Monday in the West Desert and found two Mexican men. They did not require medical treatment. Both were both transported to the Ajo station for processing.

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