Apr 30, 2013 12:10 PM by Faye DeHoff

Joint operations lead to dope, equipment seizure

TUCSON - The West Desert Task Force of the Tucson Sector Border Patrol, in a joint operation, has seized marijuana, ATVs and multiple two-way radios.

Last Thursday, West Desert Task Force (WDTF) members working with a CBP Air and Marine aircraft located an abandoned vehicle and 780 pounds of marijuana south of Vekol Valley.

Ajo and Casa Grande Station agents assigned to the WDTF, found 43 bales of abandoned marijuana and two ATVs Friday near Cocklebur, Arizona. The marijuana, weighing 954 pounds, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

On Sunday, officers and agents of the WDTF located two additional ATVs and various pieces of communication equipment southwest of Casa Grande. The equipment consisted of six radios, multiple batteries and a repeater. A tracking operation was initiated, but no arrests were made.

The West Desert Task Force is comprised of officers and agents from the Ajo and Casa Grande Border Patrol stations; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations; and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

The Tucson Sector Border Patrol values its strong partnerships with other federal, state, tribal and local agencies. Together, these organizations continue to negatively impact transnational criminal organizations attempting to exploit Arizona's border region.

Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.

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