Border Patrol seizes $500k in drugs near Tucson

Border Patrol seizes $500k in drugs near Tucson

Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Border Patrol seizes $500k in drugs near Tucson

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by Christina O'Haver

azfamily.com

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 1:14 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Border Patrol agents seized nearly $500,000 worth of illegal drugs near Tucson during Thanksgiving week.

On Nov. 26, agents located four double bundles of marijuana in the trunk of an abandoned Nissan sedan in Nogales. The marijuana was valued at more than $90,000, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Tucson sector.

Agents searched the area but were unable to locate the driver.

On Nov. 27, agents assigned to the West Desert Task Force, a special team formed to combat narcotics trafficking in Arizona's western region, seized 32 bundles of marijuana. The bundles weighed a total of 682 pounds.

Agents found the abandoned bundles in a wash near mile marker 157 along Interstate 8.

They followed what appeared to be ATV tracks to the wash, but did not locate the vehicle or driver.

Tucson agents also confiscated more than $38,000 worth of methamphetamine at the Interstate 19 checkpoint on Thanksgiving.

Border Patrol said the man transporting the meth attempted to conceal it inside two duct-taped tubes, which were taped to his thigh.

He is being presented for prosecution.

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