Marijuana bundle launched over border fence

TUCSON – A Douglas Police Department officer working within Operation Stonegarden seized more than 140 pounds of marijuana launched over the International Boundary Fence near Douglas.

DPD received two 9-1-1 calls around 2 p.m. regarding bundles being launched over the fence. An officer responded to the calls and found a large bundle of marijuana that had broken upon impact, exposing multiple smaller bundles inside. Border Patrol agents from the Douglas Station and other officers searched the surrounding area but did not locate any additional bundles.

The marijuana was taken to the Douglas port of entry for weighing and processing.

Operation Stonegarden, managed by the U.S. Border Patrol, funds state, local and tribal agencies for overtime worked in support of border security to target transnational criminal organizations. They also receive specialized technology and equipment to help them combat transnational criminal organizations during these operations.

Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.

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