Authorities: Smuggling ring in Arizona busted

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 10:00 AM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A federal joint task force and Tohono O'odham police say they've busted a major drug and human trafficking ring in southern Arizona and arrested 12 people.

They say the ring allegedly smuggled more than 1,300 pounds of marijuana and 120 people into the country every month through the Tohono O'odham Nation to Tucson.

The task force seized 167 pounds of marijuana, eight vehicles, two all-terrain vehicles and $17,000 in cash after serving three search warrants.

Authorities say of the 12 arrested, eight are U.S. citizens and the others are from Mexico.

 

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