Over $3 mil worth of abandoned pot found by border agents

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The following news release was sent by U.S. Border Patrol:

TUCSON - Border Patrol Agents from the Tucson Sector successfully foiled several attempts to smuggle marijuana in separate incidents within the last three days.

On Monday, agents assigned to the Nogales Border Patrol Station using surveillance technology observed several horses loaded with bundles suspected to be marijuana entering the United States just outside of Nogales, Ariz. Soon after, a Ford F-150 was observed driving away from the same area.Agents were able to successfully stop the vehicle after a short chase.The driver attempted to run from the vehicle to avoid arrest, but was apprehended by agents. Approximately 587 pounds of marijuana were discovered in the bed and cab of the truck. The marijuana, worth an estimated $469,600 was transferred to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).The driver now faces possible prosecution.

Also on Monday, a Chevy Impala was referred to a secondary inspection area at the Border Patrol checkpoint located in Amado, Arizona after a Service K-9 alerted to the possible presence of narcotics.The female driver failed to comply with the directions of the Nogales Border Patrol Agent and fled the checkpoint almost causing injury to one of the agents.The vehicle was successfully stopped a short distance later after it became disabled.Border Patrol Agents discovered 210 lbs. of marijuana in the vehicle.The female was taken in custody and now faces possible prosecution.

Yesterday, two significant drug busts occurred. In the early morning in a canyon west of Rio Rico, Arizona, agents tracking a group of possible drug smugglers located 12 bundles of marijuana abandoned in the desert.The drugs, weighing approximately 569 lbs. have an estimated value of $455,200, have been transferred the DEA for disposal.

In a separate incident yesterday, Agents working east of Sasabe, Arizona encountered an abandoned Dodge pickup truck in the desert.Agents discovered 120 bundles of marijuana inside the truck with an estimated weight of approximately 2,800 lbs.The drugs have and estimated street value of over 2.2 Million Dollars. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Bagdad, Arizona and has been turned over to the Pima County Sheriffs office for recovery.

The four marijuana seizures totaled 4,151 lbs. with an estimated value of $3,320,800.00. As their criminal activity is hindered by Tucson Sector enforcement operations, smugglers continue to go to great lengths to commit their crime. With larger loads of narcotics seized successfully by Tucson Sector agents, smugglers sometimes attempt to transport their cargo in smaller amounts, hoping to avoid detection. It is these efforts made by the smugglers that clearly demonstrate the increased frustration among cartels. These cases are an excellent examples of how integrative, organized operations along the border work collectively to ensure that criminals are unsuccessful regardless of their persistence or ingenuity.