ents seized a cloned vehicle filled with 933 pounds of marijuana, near Elfrida last week. The narcotics are worth an estimated $466,500, said Spokesman Brent M. Cagen, with the Tucson Sector.
The truck displayed phony decals in an attempt to appear as if it was an official U.S. Fish and Wildlife vehicle, Cagen said.
Douglas Station agents working near Elfrida attempted to stop the vehicle they suspected was being used to smuggle narcotics, he said.
The driver and passenger, both Mexican nationals illegally in the United States, fled to evade arrest, Cagen said.
A short time later, agents found the truck, loaded with bundles of marijuana, and arrested the suspected smugglers, he said.
Phony uniforms were also found inside the vehicle.
Both subjects are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office; and the narcotics will be turned over to the DEA, Cagen said.
“The Tucson Sector Border Patrol continues to make significant progress in disrupting and denying criminal organizations the opportunity to operate along the Sonora/Arizona border,” he said.
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, Cagen said.