Border Patrol makes two large pot seizures

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TUCSON - The following is a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

Agents from the Tucson Sector seized approximately a ton of marijuana in a twenty four hour period in two separate incidents. Agents working in partnership with Federal Agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) assisted in the seizure of 1,900 lbs of marijuana.

On March 9th, Agents from the Nogales Border Patrol Station attempted a vehicle stop on the west side of Nogales, Arizona. The driver of the vehicle immediately attempted to evade Border Patrol Agents and when unsuccessful, all occupants abandoned the vehicle and ran. During the search of the vehicle agents discovered eight bundles of marijuana with an approximate weight of 260 lbs. This dope bust assisted DEA to secure a search warrant for a residence, which yielded 40 additional bundles of marijuana, weighing over 840 lbs a combined estimated value of $880,000.00. Also recovered at the residence was a 9mm Semi-Automatic Pistol. Two people were taken into custody.

On the same date, Agents from the Tucson Station working on state route 286 conducted a vehicle stop which resulted in the arrest of the driver and the seizure of 233 lbs of marijuana. This seizure again allowed DEA to obtain a search warrant on a residence located in Arivaca, Arizona. DEA executed the warrant and numerous bundles were found in a recreational vehicle totaling approximately 600lbs. of marijuana with a combined estimated value of $708,800.00. DEA Agents placed a male and two females into custody.

Since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2009 to the end of February 2009, the Tucson Sector has seized more than 458, 600 lbs. of marijuana, a 24% increase compared to the same time frame last year. Partnerships with other Federal Agencies allow Tucson Sector Border Patrol Agents to be increasingly effective in the arrest and seizure of criminals and narcotics. This allows the Border Patrol and sister Law Enforcement Agencies to keep criminals and narcotics out of the communities we serve.