TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from Ajo Station’s Horse Patrol Unit found more than 340 pounds of abandoned marijuana Sunday afternoon near Ajo, Arizona.
After agents conducting surveillance reported seeing approximately 10 people walking in the desert, the Horse Patrol Unit rode to the last known location and found eight bundles of marijuana. Agents searched the area but were unable to locate the individuals transporting the illicit cargo.
Agents transported the marijuana, worth more than $170,000, to the Ajo Station for processing in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.
Tucson Sector’s Horse Patrol units are vital to the Border Patrol. Horses allow agents to quickly reach remote desert areas inaccessible to motorized vehicles.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.