Jul 22, 2011 6:44 PM

Border Patrol, ICE team up to take down alleged stash-house

TUCSON - A joint operation between Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement led to the apprehension of two subjects, and the seizure of over 700 pounds of marijuana, two firearms, ammunition, scales, and U.S. currency.

On Wednesday, Border Patrol agents apprehended an illegal immigrant suspected of working for a drug-trafficking organization, according to a release from Customs and Border Protection. While being interviewed by agents, the subject provided information on an alleged stash-house.

Border Patrol and ICE agents conducted surveillance at the location, and when they saw a vehicle leave the house, the followed it to a gas station. Once the driver went inside, agents walked by the vehicle and saw bundles of marijuana in plain sight, the release states. Agents apprehended the driver and seized the vehicle, which contained about 330 pounds of marijuana.

Based on information gathered from the driver of the vehicle, agents then executed a search warrant on the house he was seen driving out of, which was still under surveillance. Agents and detectives from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office apprehended another subject at the residence, and seized 20 more bundles of marijuana weighing 440 pounds, the release states. They also seized a shotgun, a revolver, about 200 rounds of ammunition, ledgers, U.S. currency, and cellular phones.

ICE agents took custody of the two subjects, who are being held on various federal charges.


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