$2.8M in drugs seized last month in southern Arizona border busts

2014-06-06T11:15:00Z $2.8M in drugs seized last month in southern Arizona border bustsKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 06, 2014 11:15 am  • 

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized five vehicles, three suspects and more than $2.8 million in illegal drugs late last month in separate criminal cases.

On May 18, agents discovered an abandon truck loaded with nearly 1,900 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $900,000, near San Simon. The vehicle, which had been reported stolen out of Phoenix, was turned over to the Tohono O’odham Police Department.

Three days later agents seized seven bundles of marijuana, worth more than $167,000, from an abandoned all-terrain vehicle near Why.

Agents confiscated a stolen truck May 25 near the Tohono O’odham village of Cobabi, along with more than 1,800 pounds of marijuana valued at $933,000. The truck was turned over to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

On May 27, agents responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle near Sells, found an abandoned Dodge pickup truck containing 72 bricks of marijuana worth approximately $806,000 in the bed and cab. The truck, reported stolen out of Phoenix, was turned over to the Tohono O’odham Police Department.

During a vehicle stop the next day near Nogales, agents arrested two U.S. citizens attempting to smuggle an illegal immigrant in the trunk of their Ford Focus. All three were taken into custody and the vehicle was turned over to the Nogales Police Department.

Suspicious activity can be reported, anonymously, to Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.

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