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Border Patrol technology aids in big Southern Arizona marijuana bust

By buseman · Jun 20, 2010 ·
  1. buseman
    TUCSON, AZ - Authorities say U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Station used technology to detect and intercept a large drug smuggling attempt Friday morning.

    Agents seized approximately 3,200 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value greater than $2.5 million.

    Officials say agents operating a Mobile Surveillance System spotted two suspicious vehicles near Three Points, Arizona.

    As agents moved into the area, the suspects fled on foot. Agents then discovered that both vehicles contained a total of 135 bundles of marijuana.

    Record checks on the vehicles revealed that one had been reported stolen, according to authorities.

    Agents turned the vehicle over to the Pima County Sheriff's Office. The second vehicle and marijuana were seized and transported for processing.

    Border Patrol agents said deploying technology along the border has greatly enhanced their situational awareness in the vast and remote spans of the Sonoran Desert.

    As a result, they continue to improve in the detection and interception of illegal activity.
    Imani Randolph


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