Willcox Station Border Patrol agents recently seized nearly 2,900 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $1.4 million.
Agents working at the State Route 90 checkpoint arrested a male Mexican national Friday, Jan. 18, after discovering nearly 2,900 pounds of marijuana concealed in a semi-tractor trailer he was driving, said Spokesman Brent M. Cagen with the Tucson Sector.
A canine team alerted to the vehicle, prompting a secondary inspection, he said.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seized the drug load, which is valued at $1,450,000, and the subject faces possible prosecution, Cagen said.
Checkpoints continue to prove effective at restricting major routes of egress from the border, preventing smugglers from transporting people, drugs and other contraband to the interior of the United States, he said.
Frustrated smugglers often abandon their contraband in hopes of eluding apprehension and subsequent prosecution, Cagen said.
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.