Border Patrol wrapup
Border Patrol agents seize $3.8M worth of pot
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:
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:
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.
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.