Ajo agents seize marijuana and arrest human smuggler

ajo drug bust

TUCSON – Border Patrol agents from the Ajo, Arizona Station found a large marijuana load in the Ajo mountains on Tueday morning. In a separate incident, agents arrested a human smuggler and illegal alien near Gila Bend.

Yesterday morning, agents assigned to the All-Terrain Unit responded to suspected drug smuggling activity detected by a surveillance camera in the Ajo Mountains. Ten bundles of marijuana weighing more than 460 lbs., with an estimated value of $232,000, were discovered in the brush. Despite a thourough search of the area, no arrest were made in association with this incident.

Later that afternoon, agents working the State Route 85 immigration checkpoint referred two men in a Nissan Murano for further inspection. Agents determined that the documents presented by the passenger, a Brazilian national, were fraudulent. Both men were arrested. The driver is being charged for human smuggling and the illegal alien, is being held for immigration violations.

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