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Jul 2, 2014 3:10 PM by Faye DeHoff

Tucson Sector Border Patrol Agents seize vehicles, narcotics and make several arrests

TUCSON - Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized two vehicles, more than $1.7 million in narcotics and caught eight people in connection with criminal cases.

On June 15, Ajo Border Patrol agents discovered more than 2,100 pounds of marijuana hidden in brush near Lukeville. A canine unit and an Arizona-based Office of Air and Marine air asset contributed to the seizure, valued at nearly $1.1 million. During an extensive search of the area, agents detected several potential subjects fleeing into Mexico, but no apprehensions were made.

On June 17, agents seized a Ford Taurus and arrested a female U.S. citizen for alien smuggling near Nogales, Arizona.

The next morning, a Tucson Air Branch asset assisted West Desert Task Force agents responding to sensor activation; leading to the discovery of an abandoned Chevrolet Tahoe in a wash near Kohatk. An extensive search of the area resulted in the seizure of 54 bundles of marijuana worth in excess of $630,000.

Tucson Border Patrol agents arrested an adult male Mexican national, and seized a firearm and ammunition while assisting Department of Public Safety with a vehicle stop June 22 near Tucson. DPS took custody of the vehicle.

Later that evening, agents from the Brian A. Terry Station seized an Oldsmobile sedan and arrested two U.S. citizens for alien smuggling. Agents discovered one illegal immigrant in the rear passenger compartment and two more in the trunk of the vehicle.

All subjects are being presented for prosecution. The drugs, vehicles, firearms and ammunition were processed for seizure in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.

The West Desert Task Force is a joint initiative between U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office to combat narcotics trafficking in Arizona's west desert region. The task force is sponsored by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, and works in association with the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats.

The Tucson Sector Border Patrol strives to secure America's borders through the disruption and degrading of transnational criminal organizations. Border security is a joint effort between Customs and Border Protection, other law-enforcement partners and community stakeholders.

CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.

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