BP seizes ton of pot, arrests 6
Marijuana worth more than $1 million
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than a ton of marijuana worth more than $1 million in separate incidents Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday.
Casa Grande Station agents tracked suspected smugglers using surveillance equipment and assistance from CBP’s Office of Air and Marine. They seized 10 bundles of marijuana and arrested six people in the country illegally, the Border Patrol said.
The drugs, which weighed 514 pounds and are worth $257,250, were to be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the people face drug smuggling charges.
Agents from the Ajo Station patrolling in the West Desert found an abandoned SUV concealed by a camouflage tarp that was loaded with 111 bundles of marijuana, the Border Patrol said.
Record checks on the vehicle found it was stolen out of Phoenix. It was turned over to the Tohono O’odham Police Department.
The drugs, which weighed 1,636 pounds and are worth $818,000, were to be turned over to the DEA, the Border Patrol said.