Border Patrol seizes $120K of marijuana, arrests 5
Border Patrol agents in Southern Arizona seized 240 pounds of marijuana worth $121,000, along with three weapons and two vehicles, in 3 separate incidents over the weekend. 5 suspects were arrested, an agency press release said.
Late Thursday, Douglas Station agents using mobile surveillance technology observed a vehicle being loaded with bundles of what was suspected to be marijuana.
Agents drove to the area and followed the vehicle, which drove off-road before two subjects exited the vehicle and began running. Agents tracked and apprehended the driver, a U.S. citizen.
The driver, vehicle and 165 pounds of marijuana were transported to the Douglas Border Patrol Station for processing. The driver is being held for prosecution, Customs and Border Protection said.
Friday, Tucson Sector agents working in the West Desert were tracking footprints when a Border Patrol canine team located three backpacks filled with bricks of marijuana and a loaded .22 revolver abandoned in the desert. The pistol, ammunition and 78 pounds of marijuana were transported to the Tucson Border Patrol Station for processing, Customs and Border Protection said.
Early Monday, agents at the Casa Grande Station received a call from Pinal County Sheriff's Office that a deputy made a vehicle stop on S.R. 84 near Stanfield. The deputy had three suspected illegal immigrants and a U.S. citizen, who was driving the vehicle, in custody.
Agents arrived on scene and took custody of the suspects. During a search of the vehicle, agents found a loaded pistol under the driver's seat and an unloaded revolver concealed in the back pocket of the driver's seat, as well as additional rounds of ammunition.
The subjects are being held pending further investigation and will be presented for federal prosecution, Customs and Border Protection said. The weapons and ammunition will be turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.