AJO, Ariz. -- In two separate incidents Monday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Station seized approximately 4,000 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of more than $3.1 million.
Agents from Ajo's All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) unit were tracking footprints of suspected illegal immigrants when they discovered abandoned bundles of marijuana fashioned into backpacks.
The total weight of the marijuana was more than 2,200 pounds.
In a second incident, the ATV unit discovered an abandoned vehicle while patrolling west of Lukeville. The vehicle contained numerous bundles of marijuana, weighing approximately 1,750 pounds.
The vehicle and marijuana were seized and held for processing.
"Credit goes to the men and women of the Ajo Border Patrol Station," said Acting Patrol Agent in Charge Paul Kuhn. "Their significant efforts at combating narcotics smuggling continues to result in safer neighborhoods and an increased quality of life in our communities."
From Oct. 1, 2009, to Aug 31, 2010, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol seized more than 940,000 pounds of marijuana, exceeding $752 million in value.
by Jennifer Thomas
September 15, 2010