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12-08-06, 11:07 PM #1
Border Patrol Seizes 6.5 Tons of Marijuana
Border Patrol Seizes 6.5 Tons of Pot
By Brady McCombs
Arizona daily star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 12.07.2006
The record-breaking haul of marijuana by U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector continued Wednesday with the seizure of 6.5 tons of marijuana across the Tucson Sector.
The largest bust among the seizure of 13,000 pounds occurred Wednesday evening in a house at 1839 Portero Drive in Nogales, where Border Patrol agents found 5,355 pounds of marijuana , said Jesķs Rodriguez, spokesman for the Border Patrolís Tucson Sector.
Agents responded to Portero Canyon west of Nogales after a camera operator spotted two vehicles in the popular smuggling area, Rodriguez said. The agents followed the vehicle tracks north to the Nogales house and found the marijuana in plastic-wrapped bundles inside and in the beds of two 2006 Ford F250, he said. No arrests were made, Rodriguez said.
The trucks were reported stolen from Tucson, Rodriguez said. The drugs, which were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, have a street value of $4.2 million according to Border Patrol figures or $2.6 million using figures from the Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, the federal anti-drug analysis and intelligence center.
Another large discovery came Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. west of Sasabe.
Agents responded to the area after members of the National Guard working in an Entrance Identification Team spotted two vehicles crossing the international line.
Agents followed two vehicles north on Arizona 286 until they turned east on Arivaca Road. The first vehicle, a 2006 white Ford Expedition with Sonora license plates, rolled over after ramming into the Border Patrolís agent vehicle, Rodriguez said. Agents apprehended the driver. No one suffered injuries Another agent stopped the second vehicle, a 2005 blue Chevy pickup rental reported stolen out of Tucson, at milepost six on Arivaca Road, he said.
Both the driver and passenger, Mexican nationals, were arrested. Agents found 2,011 pounds of weed in the two trucks, worth $1.6 million according to Border Patrol figures or $1 million using figures from the Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
Agents have seized 149,700 pounds of marijuana since Oct. 1 in the Tucson Sector, a 37 percent increase over the same time period in fiscal year 2006. The 616,534 pounds of pot seized last year marked the fifth consecutive year marijuana seizures had increased.
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12-08-06, 11:20 PM #2
Way to go Border Patrol!
mmmm...gives me a warm fuzzy feeling all over.
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It amazes me that with all the work done by all L.E.O.'s that those pecker heads can grow that much pot.
12-08-06, 11:32 PM #4
Where The Heck Are The Pics :d :d.Being the best is not what always counts. What counts is always trying your best.
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12-08-06, 11:59 PM #5
12-09-06, 12:04 AM #6
For those of you who can not view the link I posted, here is one photo off of it.
It does not say that the photos are from this bust.
Only a comment next to a picture that says,
"Big pot loads are coming across the border in Arizona's remote areas. Much is seized, but no one knows how much gets through undetected.
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