Nov 2, 2009 1:21 PM
TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Arizona Department of Public Safety executed a search warrant on a residence Thursday evening, resulting in the seizure of more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana.
Border Patrol Agents from the Tucson Station observed a pickup truck traveling northbound from the U.S.-Mexico Border in a remote desert area notorious for drug smuggling. Agents were able to track the vehicle to a local residence. Additional agents responded to the location and, with the assistance of a canine unit, discovered several bundles suspected to be marijuana stacked up inside the house.
Agents maintained surveillance around the perimeter of the house and contacted ICE for assistance. A search warrant was obtained and members of the Border Patrol, ICE and the Arizona Department of Public Safety served the warrant and initiated a search of the house.
Upon entry, agents and officers discovered 52 bricks of marijuana with a combined weight of more than 1,100 pounds and an estimated street value close to a million dollars. The marijuana is being held by ICE for further processing.