ICE's Shadow Wolves trackers find 3.7k lbs of pot
Bundles found stuffed into vehicles on Tohono O'odham land
Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations seized 3,788 pounds of marijuana on the Tohono O’odham Nation on Friday, ICE announced Monday.
Officers from HSI’s Shadow Wolves unit, which tracks smuggling activity, followed tire tracks from two vehicles through the desert near Ventana and found a pickup truck hidden in brush and concealed under a camouflage tarp. The truck contained 84 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 1,924 pounds, ICE said in a press release.
A short time later, the officers found the second vehicle — an SUV— with another 84 bales stuffed inside. The drugs in the SUV weighed more than 1,864 pounds, ICE said.
The seized drugs have a street value of nearly $1.9 million, ICE said.
“The Shadow Wolves are well known for not giving up when they’ve caught the scent of a smuggling attempt,” said Rodney Irby, assistant special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Sells, in a press release.
“In this case, they were able to work closely with the Tohono O’odham police to make this significant seizure,” he said.
No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing, ICE said.
The Shadow Wolves were founded in 1972 as an initiative undertaken by Congress to track drug smugglers on Native American lands in the Southwest. The tactical officers are known for their ability to track alien and drug smugglers.
The unit boasts an history of tracking passed down from generation to generation. The name “Shadow Wolves” refers to the way the unit hunts, like a wolf pack. When one wolf finds prey, it calls in the rest of the wolf pack, ICE said.