Border agents seize $1.2M in pot in early November
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized nearly $1.2 million in marijuana and arrested two people in connection with smuggling since early November, according to a press release from the agency.
On Nov. 4, Ajo Station agents operating on the Tohono O'odham Nation found tire tracks in the desert and, with help from Office of Air and Marine helicopter tracked them to an abandoned Chevrolet truck loaded with more than 1,800 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $930,000, the release said.
Agents searched the area, but did not find anyone connected to the drugs.
Agents seized the marijuana and handed the vehicle over to the Tohono O’odham Police Department.
On Nov. 10, a Wilcox Station agent stopped a Dodge Ram truck.
The driver initially pulled over and handed his license to the agent, but then suddenly fled. The agent gave chase and later found the vehicle abandoned.
An inspection turned up several bundles of marijuana worth an estimated $219,000 hidden under plywood in the truck's bed, the agency said.
Several other agents arrived and with the help of a dog, found the man hiding in some nearby brush. Agents seized the vehicle and drugs and the suspect was processed according to the agency's own guidelines.
On the same day, agents at the Ajo Station stopped a U.S. citizen at the State Route 85 checkpoint south of Gila Bend.
The "uncooperative" woman refused to lower her window, answer questions, or drive to the secondary inspection area.
Agents brought in a drug dog, which helped the agents find six bundles of marijuana hidden in suitcases worth approximately $34,000 hidden in her Ford Focus, the release said.
The vehicle was seized and the woman was arrested.