Border Patrol agents seize $512,000 in marijuana, one dog near Douglas
In the last two weeks, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized approximately $512,000 worth of marijuana in southeastern Arizona, arrested four men for narcotics smuggling, and confiscated a Ford truck and a dog.
On August 16, agents responded to a report from a local rancher and found three men suspected of being in the country illegally carrying 98 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $49,000, according to a release from the agency.
A week later, Border Patrol agents at the Highway 90 checkpoint near Whetstone stopped a Chrysler sedan and detained three people after a dog "alerted." A search turned up a small amount of marijuana, an unloaded handgun, ammunition, and drug paraphernalia, the agency said.
Cochise County Sheriff's Office responded to the incident and arrested the driver and one of two passengers, seizing all of the discovered items. The third occupant was released, said the agency.
That night, agents from Douglas Border Patrol station responded to sensors buried in the desert that detected a possible vehicle. While searching for the vehicle, agents came upon a white Ford F-250 and the driver ran, abandoning the 41 bundles of marijuana worth an estimated $463,000 hidden in the bed, as well as his dog.
Agents found the driver after a wider search and arrested him on charges of narcotics smuggling.
The dog was turned over the Animal Control.