Big pot hauls: $2.1M seized in 3 AZ smuggling attempts
(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
TUCSON, AZ (CBS5) -
Federal agents seized $2.1 million worth of marijuana in three separate smuggling attempts in southern Arizona over the weekend.
The suspects attempted to use the prolonged rainy weather to their advantage, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents saw a pickup truck without its headlights off traveling on a dirt road near St. David Sunday evening.
A short time later, they found the vehicle abandoned in a wash with 1,851 pounds of marijuana inside. The driver was nowhere to be found.
The truck had been equipped with a siren and red and blue emergency-style lights in the grille. Agents said they also found a set of binoculars and night vision goggles in the truck's cab. The truck and all contents were seized.
Just after noon on Saturday, agents stopped a pickup truck on a remote dirt road near Whetstone. The driver attempted to outrun agents on foot.
Agents found 40 bundles of marijuana inside the truck. The bundles weighed 812 pounds. The driver was arrested and charged for smuggling narcotics. The truck and marijuana were seized.
Earlier in the day, an agent conducting surveillance in a remote area of Why observed about 20 people carrying bundles of marijuana on their backs.
Agents, along with a K-9 partner, were able to locate 32 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,556 pounds. All of the suspects got away.
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