Border Patrol wrapup
Agents seize 1,118 pounds of pot in 3 incidents
A summary of Border Patrol activities in the Tucson Sector over the past 24 hours, provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Ajo Station agents using surveillance equipment spotted a group of suspected illegal immigrants north of the border. After more than 24 hours of tracking and several agent reinforcements, they discovered 10 bundles of marijuana, weighing approximately 483 pounds with an estimated value of $241,500, abandoned in a wash Wednesday.
Also on Wednesday, Ajo Station agents from the All Terrain Unit responded to suspected narcotics smugglers west of Lukeville. With the help of an Office of Air and Marine helicopter, agents discovered 569 pounds of abandoned marijuana, worth approximately $284,500, hidden under rocks and brush.
Willcox Station agents working at the S.R. 80 checkpoint Wednesday seized a Ford F-250 pickup and 66 pounds of marijuana hidden in the truck’s fuel tank after a canine team alerted them to drugs in the vehicle. The truck and narcotics were transported to the Willcox Border Patrol Station for processing. The driver was held for prosecution on federal drug charges.
Naco Station agents arrested a 26-year-old Mexican man Wednesday for illegally entering the United States. Record checks revealed he has several felony convictions, including two for strong-armed rape in 2004 out of Marion County, Ore. He was held for prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for re-entry of an aggravated felon.