Border Patrol ATV Unit Seizes More Than Half a Ton of Marijuana


Hugh Holub
Tucson Citizen
November 24, 2010

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On Monday, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Station seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana, valued at over $800,000.

Agents assigned to the All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) unit patrolling in the West Desert discovered suspicious foot prints. The ATV unit tracked the foot prints and uncovered 21 bundles of marijuana hidden in the brush. The marijuana weighed in at more than 1,000 pounds. A thorough search of the area was conducted for the smugglers without success. The marijuana, valued over $800,000, was seized and taken to the Ajo Station for processing.

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“The word is spreading that if smugglers are caught operating in our country they will be prosecuted,” said Ajo Patrol Agent in Charge Jack Jeffreys. “Because Tucson Sector has implemented the use of consequence programs, it has sent a clear message to smuggling organizations that they will no longer be allowed to operate in the Tucson Sector.”

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