West Desert Task Force seizes marijuana, ATVs and two-way radios

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The West Desert Task Force seized more than 1,700 pounds of marijuana, multiple two-way radios and four ATVs in the past few days.

On Thursday, task force members working with a Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine aircraft located an abandoned vehicle and 780 pounds of marijuana south of Vekol Valley.

Ajo and Casa Grande Station agents assigned to the task force found 43 bales of abandoned marijuana and two ATVs Friday near Cocklebur Tank, Ariz. The marijuana, which weighed 954 pounds, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

On Sunday, officers and agents of the West Desert Task Force located two additional ATVs and various pieces of communication equipment southwest of Casa Grande. The equipment consisted of six radios, multiple batteries and a repeater. A tracking operation was initiated, but no arrests were made.

The West Desert Task Force is comprised of officers and agents from the Ajo and Casa Grande Border Patrol stations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.