Border Patrol agents seize ultra-light marijuana load - Tucson News Now

Border Patrol agents seize ultra-light marijuana load

(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
DOUGLAS, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Customs and Border Protection agents seized 210 pounds of marijuana dropped by an ultra-light aircraft near McNeal, Ariz. earlier this week, according to a news release.

Early Tuesday morning, CBP's Office of Air and Marine alerted Border Patrol agents at the Douglas Border Patrol station of a possible ultra-light aircraft in the area. Border Patrol agents, utilizing remote video surveillance cameras, were able to detect the ultra-light aircraft and monitor its location.

The ultra-light aircraft was observed making its way across the border into the United States. Border Patrol agents followed the ultra-light as it proceeded north several miles where it dropped what appeared to be several bundles of suspected narcotics. The ultra-light then returned to Mexico.

Douglas Border Patrol agents searched the area and located the dropped bundles. Agents confirmed the dropped bundles contained marijuana. A total of nine bundles were found weighing 210 pounds.

As CBP security efforts improve along the border, criminal organizations attempt to traffic their illicit cargo utilizing alternative methods to include underground and aerial ventures. CBP continues to be vigilant and successful in identifying and interdicting these attempts. This is an example of how coordinated efforts utilizing technology are playing a key role in preventing illegal activity along the border.

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

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