Border Patrol finds weapons, more than 3,000 lbs. of pot Abandoned firearms & vehicles discovered

Border Patrol agents found more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana, two weapons and stolen vehicles abandoned in the desert, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In five incidents, agents collected more than $1.5 million worth of drugs and found two weapons Saturday and Monday. Border Patrol agents from the Casa Grande Station followed tire-tracks in the west desert and discovered 84 bundles of marijuana, worth about $974,000. Agents apprehended one person with the drugs in a pickup truck. A record check revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen in Phoenix. The truck was turned over to the Arizona Theft Task Force and the suspect was held for prosecution.

In a separate incident on Saturday, Tucson Station agents found an abandoned pick-up with and a loaded pistol. The truck had been reported stolen and was turned over to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and weapon was given to the ATF. Casa Grande agents patrolling north of Sells discovered an abandoned AK-47 with two magazines and hand-held radios. The weapons and radio were turned over to the ATF. On Monday, Tucson Sector agents seized more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana in two separate incidents worth a combined value of almost $583,000.

Casa Grande Station agents, using thermal imaging technology, observed suspected cross-border activity early Monday. Agents then closed in on three all-terrain vehicles loaded with 15 bundles of marijuana weighing 746 pounds. The ATVs were seized and the marijuana was transported to the Casa Grande Station to be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The marijuana has an estimated value of more than $370,000.
Willcox Station agents patrolling Monday night near the San Pedro Valley found three three people in two vehicles attempting to smuggle 419 pounds of marijuana valued at nearly $210,000, according to the Border Patrol. The suspects, drugs and vehicles were taken to the Willcox Station for processing.

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