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West Desert Task Force Finds SUV with 1,550 of Marijuana Inside

Yesterday the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit was working with the task force. The task force was able to locate a 2000 Chevy Suburban covered with a tarp, hidden with brush, south of Interstate-8 near Stanfield Road. Inside of the vehicle, the task force discovered it contained 1,550 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $1,165,500.

No suspects were located near the vehicle. The vehicle and marijuana were seized.

The West Desert Task Force is a joint initiative between U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office to combat narcotics trafficking in the West Desert region of Arizona. The task force is supported by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and works in association with the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats (ACTT) and its participating agencies.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Cooperation with our local ICE Homeland Security Investigations and Border Patrol agents is key to all of our efforts to combat drug and human smuggling. No agency can make this happen alone. During the past several years, the problem hasn’t slowed down, the border is not fully secure and the drug cartels from Mexico continue to rebuild even after they are met with the heavy hands of enforcement.”

“The Border Patrol continues to work in conjunction with our local law enforcement partners to combat transnational criminal organizations’ efforts to operate in southern Arizona,” said Tucson Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla, Jr. “I am proud of the men and women who protect our country by serving in a law enforcement capacity. By stopping drug shipments such as this, we all move closer to achieving our common goal of securing the border and making our communities safer.”

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