Border Patrol agents seize $2.5M in marijuana, arrest 14 over 2 days

Bundles scattered throughout desert

Credit: Customs and Border Protection

Bundles scattered throughout desert

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 1:14 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested eight alleged smugglers and six suspected illegal immigrants and seized 5,000 pounds of marijuana in separate incidents over the last two days, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Ajo and Casa Grande agents assigned to the West Desert Task Force discovered four abandoned all-terrain vehicles and 69 bundles of marijuana scattered throughout an area northeast of the Kaka village on the Tohono O'odham Nation early Wednesday.

Later in the afternoon, agents assigned to Tucson Station's Mobile Response Team arrested eight individuals south of Fragita Peak in the Arivaca area who had illegally crossed the U.S. border, according to officials. An air crew also helped agents locate 19 bundles of marijuana in the area.

At the Interstate 19 checkpoint Thursday night, 120 bundles of marijuana were found in a tractor trailer after a K-9 alert. Later that night, six illegal immigrants, including a juvenile, were found hidden in a commercial trailer refrigerated at 45 degrees with no means of escape, officials said.

All drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure. All subjects were processed for prosecution and/or removal proceedings in accordance with Tucson Sector prosecution guidelines.

Officials said the marijuana was worth $2.5 million.

 

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