Border Patrol seizes nearly $3 million in marijuana

Marijuana concealed in vegetation

Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Agents and officers discovered bundles of marijuana concealed in vegetation.


by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 9 at 3:43 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 5,000 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $3 million over the weekend, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Ajo agents operating mobile surveillance equipment Saturday morning observed a group of suspected drug smugglers just north of the border.

Agents found 11 bundles of abandoned marijuana weighing nearly 594 pounds and valued at $297,000.

The next morning, Ajo agents discovered 1,745 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $872,500 inside an abandoned SUV near Federal Route 1.

Sunday afternoon, Casa Grande Border Patrol agents conducting joint operations near Ventana, Ariz., with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office responded to suspected illegal activity.

The agents and officers discovered tire tracks leading to two abandoned vehicles. A total of 198 bundles of marijuana were discovered concealed by vegetation.

The vehicles and 3,267 pounds of narcotics worth more than $1.6 million were seized.