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U.S. Border Patrol Seizes $1.33 Million in Marijuana, Recovers Stolen Vehicle.

By admin | August 27, 2004

Casa Grande Valley Newspaper

On Aug. 20 Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Tucson Station seized 1,670 pounds of marijuana and recovered a stolen vehicle.

Friday, at approximately 7 p.m., while on routine patrol, an agent encountered a 2002 Ford F250, in the brush, about three miles east of milepost 16 Arizona 286. From his vehicle, the agent could see that there were numerous bundles of marijuana in the cab of the F250 pick-up, as well as two occupants.

Upon seeing the agent, the drug smugglers attempted to flee the area by driving southbound towards Mexico. The agent followed the pick-up truck and found it abandoned in a wash. The smugglers had fled the scene, leaving their drugs behind. Additional Border Patrol Agents responded, and searched the area for the drug smugglers, to no avail.

In the F250 pick-up truck, agents discovered 70 bundles of marijuana, which weighed 1,670 pounds, and had an estimated value of $1.33 million. The Ford F250 pick-up truck was reported as having been stolen out of Tucson by the Pasqua Yaqui Police Department.

The marijuana was remanded to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Ford was turned over to Pasqua Yaqui Police Department for recovery.

In Tucson Sector since the beginning of the Fiscal Year 2004, October 1, 2003, through Aug. 22 agents have interdicted and seized 425,635 pounds of marijuana, which is valued at $340,508,000. This is a 27 percent increase over last year 334,478 pounds for the same time period.

The Border Patrol is a division of the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, a new agency within the Department of Homeland Security, responsible for managing and securing our nation’s borders.

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