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Thursday, June 14, 2012

CBP Border Patrol Technology Disrupts Smuggling Efforts

Tucson, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents recently seized an abandoned vehicle loaded with 74 bundles of marijuana with a total weight of 1,657 pounds. 

Use of CBP detection technology assisted the Casa Grande Station Border Patrol agents working near Stanfield, Ariz., in the identification of a suspected drug smuggling vehicle. Further observation by agents revealed five subjects fleeing from the vehicle. Upon arrival to the location, agents discovered an abandoned Chevrolet Tahoe containing 74 bundles of marijuana. No subjects were located with the vehicle and the marijuana was seized. The narcotics, worth an estimated $828,500, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Tucson Sector, employing targeted enforcement tactics, is determined to prevent smuggling organizations from operating along the Arizona/Sonora border. The use of detection technology enhances the Border Patrol’s ability to gain situational awareness in remote areas causing smugglers to abandon their drug loads rather than risk apprehension and federal prosecution.

CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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