Tucson, Arizona - Tucson Sector CBP U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than 1,900 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $981,000, and rescued one individual with the aid of technological assets.
Ajo Station agents working in the west desert Friday located an abandoned vehicle off-road and loaded with 61 bundles of marijuana. The Tohono O’odham Police Department took custody of the vehicle, which was reported stolen out of Phoenix, while the marijuana, weighing 1,422 pounds and worth an estimated $711,000, was transported to the Ajo Station for processing.
Tucson Station agents responded to activation of a rescue beacon Saturday near Sasabe and found a stranded Mexican national with no water. A Border Patrol emergency medical technician treated the man for dehydration with intravenous-fluid therapy. After his vital signs improved, the man declined further treatment and was transported to the Tucson Station for processing.
Casa Grande agents working near Three Points, Ariz., Sunday responded to detection technology and discovered 10 bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 540 pounds and worth an estimated $270,000. The bundles were transported to the Casa Grande Station for processing.
Tucson Sector Border Patrol is committed to preventing illicit narcotics from getting into Arizona’s communities as smuggling organizations continue with their desperate attempts to circumvent authorities. Smugglers also continue putting people’s lives at risk by leaving them in the desert to perish without proper hydration and food. The Border Patrol is committed to saving the lives of anyone in distress.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.