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Border Patrol Seizes 2,600 Pounds of Marijuana.

By admin | November 17, 2004

Casa Grande Valley Newspapers
November 17, 2004.

This past weekend, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Casa Grande and Sonoita Stations seized over 2,600 pounds of marijuana, in three failed drive through attempts.

Saturday, at approximately 12:30 a.m., agents from the Casa Grand Station encountered a white Dodge pick-up truck headed north from the International Boundary, towards Cowlic, Arizona. The driver of the Dodge, upon seeing the marked Border Patrol truck, immediately turned around and headed south towards Mexico. The agents followed the pick-up truck for about a mile before it came to a stop, and the occupants fled into the desert.

Inside the vehicle, the agents found 54 bundles of marijuana, weighing 1,259 pounds, with an estimated value of over $1 million. The white Dodge pick-up truck was reported stolen out of El Mirage, Arizona. The marijuana was remanded to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Dodge pick-up was turned over to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office for recovery services. No arrests were made in this incident.

At about 6:00 p.m., the Sonoita Station received information that two Chevrolet extended cab pick-up trucks had illegally crossed the International Boundary, and were headed north on Federal Route 813. As agents responded to the area, they encountered a gold Chevrolet pick-up truck that had rolled over near the Santa Cruz River on Federal Route 799. The agents stopped to render assistance, but no occupants were found. Instead, the agents found 31 bundles of marijuana, which weighed 742 pounds.

The marijuana, estimated at 593,600 dollars, was remanded to the DEA, and the gold Chevrolet was not stolen, but was turned over to the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office. No arrests were made in this incident.

On Sunday, at approximately 12:30 p.m., Sonoita agents received information of a possible illegal drive through south of Sonoita, Arizona. As agents responded to the area, they encountered a silver SUV speeding northbound on State Route 83. Agents followed it as it turned east on State Route 82. The SUV continued until it spotted Border Patrol Agents coming towards it on SR 82 near milepost 38. The SUV then turned around and headed back westbound on SR82. Agents followed it as it turned north into the Empire Cienega near milepost 36, and continued towards Curly Horse Road, just north of Sonoita. At that location, the occupants abandoned the SUV and fled on foot into the desert.

Inside the Silver 1999 GMC Yukon, agents found 31 bundles of marijuana, which totaled 682 pounds. The marijuana is estimated at $545,600 dollars, and was remanded to the DEA along with the Silver Yukon. No arrests were made in this incident.

In Tucson Sector from the beginning of the new Fiscal Year (10/01/04), through yesterday, agents have already interdicted 52,347 pounds of marijuana, worth over $41.8 million.

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

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