Ariz. Officers, Agents Seize $11M in Drugs, $35K in Cash Over Week

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    Ariz. Officers, Agents Seize $11M in Drugs, $35K in Cash Over Week


    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    Tucson, AZ. — The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Arizona Joint Field Command is reporting the seizure of more than 20,120 pounds of narcotics, with an estimated value of more than $11.5 million, and the apprehension of 2,100 illegal immigrants and 142 inadmissible immigrants at the Arizona border from Oct. 3-9.


    Narcotics seizures consisted of more than 19,987 pounds of marijuana, 93 pounds of cocaine, nearly 17 pounds of methamphetamines and 24 pounds of heroin. CBP also intercepted two weapons, $34,840 in illegal outbound currency and 65 vehicles used for illicit purposes.


    Border Patrol Weekly Highlight

    On Oct. 4, A canine team working at the Interstate 19 checkpoint alerted to a vehicle driven by a 36-year-old U.S. citizen woman accompanied by her four minor children ages 17, 9, 6 and 4, as it approached the primary inspection. The vehicle was referred for a secondary inspection where agents discovered eight bundles of marijuana concealed in the trunk. The bundles had a combined weight of 197 pounds and an estimated value of $98,500.

    Field Operations Weekly Highlight

    CBP officers apprehended a 46-year-old Mexican national Oct. 8, for attempting to smuggle more than half-a-million dollars worth of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines into the U.S. through a vehicle lane at the Lukeville Port. Officers arrested the driver of a 2009 Volkswagen Bora after discovering 37 duct-taped packages of varying sizes in a non-factory compartment. The mixed narcotics had a combined weight of more than 38 pounds with an estimated value $520,790. Officers seized the drugs and vehicle. The driver was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
     
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    17 arrested in Arizona pot-smuggling case


    Oct. 14, 2011

    Authorities arrested 17 high-level Mexican drug cartel affiliates. Who helped move drugs across the border then to "stash houses" then eventually across the nation.

    "From Oct. 1, 2010, through August of this year, the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector, which covers most of southern Arizona, had seized 942,105 pounds of marijuana, up slightly from the 941,072 pounds agents seized during the same period the previous year."

    "In fiscal 2010, agents seized more than 1 million pounds of marijuana. Figures for fiscal 2011 are not yet complete. The fiscal 2010 numbers were up from 616,534 pounds in 2006 but down from fiscal 2009, when marijuana seizures peaked at 1.2 million pounds."
     

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