Half-ton of marijuana found in stolen vehicle near I-8

Marijuana recovered

Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Border Patrol agents found 1,097 pounds of marijuana inside a stolen vehicle.

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 8 at 2:52 PM

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana and recovered a stolen vehicle on Monday.

Casa Grande Station agents conducting joint operations in the Vekol Valley area with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office discovered an abandoned Chevy Tahoe near Interstate 8 on Monday.

The vehicle was filled with 1,097 pounds of marijuana worth more than $548,500, according to officials.

Agents and officers on the ground searched the area for suspects, but no arrests were made.
 
The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicle was reported stolen out of Phoenix and was released to the Department of Public Safety.
 

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