BP seizes 3,100 lbs of pot, arrests 13
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized 3,159 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $1.5 million, in separate incidents over the weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
Casa Grande Station agents using detection equipment Sunday responded to a group of suspected drug smugglers. With the assistance of a CBP aircraft, agents apprehended 10 people and seized 608 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $304,000. The narcotics were taken to the Ajo Station for processing. The people face possible federal drug charges, the Border Patrol said.
In a separate incident Sunday, Douglas Station agents tracked a suspicious truck driving off road, northbound from the international border. Agents pulled over the driver and discovered 441 bricks of marijuana concealed throughout the vehicle. The bricks, weighing 760 pounds and worth an estimated $380,000, were seized with the vehicle. The driver, a United States citizen, was arrested, the Border Patrol said.
Saturday morning, Ajo Station agents watched a group of suspected drug smugglers just north of the border. When agents responded, they found 10 bundles of abandoned marijuana weighing nearly 513 pounds and valued at $256,000, the Border Patrol said.
On Friday, mobile surveillance operators from Douglas notified agents of drug smugglers north of the border. As agents responded, the people ran into Mexico. Coordinated efforts were made with Mexican authorities who captured them with 132 pounds of marijuana, the Border Patrol said.
Also on Friday, Ajo agents assisted by CBP air assets located 16 bundles of abandoned marijuana weighing 801 pounds and valued at $400,500, the Border Patrol said.
In a separate incident Friday, Ajo agents apprehended an American woman attempting to traffic 223 pounds of marijuana into the United States worth $111,500. Following her arrest, she admitted to connections with “Red Pride” and “Bloods” – California based gangs. She was held on federal drug charges.
In Nogales, a canine team working the Interstate 19 checkpoint Friday discovered 22 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle driven by an American woman traveling with three children. The occupants were transported to the station for processing. Child Protective Services was notified and the children were turned over to the driver’s mother, the Border Patrol said.
Also on Friday, Willcox Station agents attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle traveling north on S.R. 90, but the driver fled. With assistance from Arizona Department of Safety, a tire deflation device was deployed and the vehicle hit a barbed wire fence.
The driver fled from the vehicle into the desert. Agents discovered 77 bricks of marijuana inside the vehicle. The drugs and vehicle were transported to the station for processing. The marijuana, weighing 100 pounds, was valued at $50,000, the Border Patrol said.