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More than 1,900 lbs. of pot seized

  • Willcox Station Border Patrol agents found 20 bundles of marijuana, weighing 95 pounds hidden under the bed of this truck on Saturday.
    U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionWillcox Station Border Patrol agents found 20 bundles of marijuana, weighing 95 pounds hidden under the bed of this truck on Saturday.

A summary of Border Patrol activities in the Tucson Sector since Friday, provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Seizures

Casa Grande Station agents working with Office of Air and Marine on Friday tracked 12 people carrying large backpacks into the United States. As agents arrived, the helicopter crew saw the people flee into Mexico. Agents searched the area and found 10 bundles of abandoned marijuana weighing more than 500 pounds and worth about $257,000.

On Saturday, a Willcox Station canine team working the primary inspection lane at the S.R. 80 checkpoint alerted agents to a truck with 20 bundles of marijuana hidden in a compartment under the vehicle's bed. The 95 pounds of pot were estimated to be worth $47,500. The driver was held for federal prosecution. The vehicle and marijuana were seized for processing.

An All Terrain Unit from the Ajo Station patrolling Sunday in the West Desert east of the Lukeville Port discovered footprints belonging to a possible group of illegal immigrants leading north from the border. Agents tracked the footprints to a bundle of marijuana hidden under rocks at the top of a mou ntain. After searching the area, agents found an additional 29 bundles. The marijuana, which weighed1,382 pounds and worth $691,000, were taken to the Ajo Station for processing.

Arrests

Willcox Station agents apprehended a U.S. citizen in possession of a firearm after a traffic stop near Tombstone on Friday. The person has convictions in Pima County on multiple felony charges. During a search of the vehicle, agents discovered a loaded .40-caliber handgun. The person, weapon and vehicle were turned over to the Tombstone Marshal’s Office.

On Sunday, Willcox Station agents stopped a vehicle on S.R. 181 and discovered an illegal immigrant hiding under a blanket on floor of the backseat. Agents found two more illegal immigrants under a blanket in the trunk. The illegal immigrants were taken to the Willcox Station for processing. The driver and a front-seat passenger, both U.S. citizens, were held for prosecution on human smuggling charges.

Casa Grande Station agents apprehended a Mexican national Saturday wanted on a felony warrant for possession of a controlled substance out of Wheaton County, Ill. The person was held for prosecution and possible extradition.

Douglas Station agents apprehended a Mexican national Saturday who was convicted in Corsicana, Texas, for indecent exposure in December 2002 and removed from the United States in August 2011. The person was held for prosecution for illegal re-entry into the United States.

Also on Saturday, Douglas agents apprehended a Mexican national convicted in June 2008 on two counts of child abuse in Washoe County, Nev., and was removed from the United States in October 2010. The person was held for prosecution for illegally re-entering the United States.

Rescue and recovery

Casa Grande Station agents working in the West Desert rescued a Mexican national Sunday who had fallen into a wash and injured his leg. An EMT-certified agent certified treated the man who was transported to a nearby hospital.

Also on Sunday, Casa Grande agents discovered human remains while patrolling in the West Desert The Tohono O’odham Police Department was contacted and took custody of the body.

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