Hidden compartment found with 1,000 pounds of pot

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TUCSON - The following is a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

Border Patrol Agents from the Tucson Sector made a large drug bust, as drug smugglers attempted to smuggle marijuana hidden under the wooden planks of a trailer south of Patagonia, Ariz.

Saturday morning, agents assigned to the Sonoita Station stopped a suspicious pickup pulling a flatbed trailer near the border south of Patagonia, Ariz.As agents approached the vehicle, they could smell a strong odor of marijuana, but could not see any visible evidence.A Border Patrol K9 was brought to the scene and alerted to the presence of narcotics in the trailer. Hidden beneath the wooden planks of the trailer, agents discovered over 1,000 pounds of marijuana valued at over $1 million. The vehicle, trailer, and driver were taken into custody and transported along with the drugs to the Sonoita Border Patrol Station and then turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. 365 days a year Tucson Sector Agents protect the borders of this nation between official ports of entry within the sector's area of responsibility.In the performance of their duties, Tucson Sector Agents seized more marijuana than any other sector during Fiscal Year 2008 accounting for 812,142 lbs. of marijuana worth an estimated 649 million dollars. Agents have already seized over 139,331 lbs. of marijuana for the first two months in Fiscal Year 2009.