Nearly a ton of marijuana found inside SUV

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Pot worth $1.6M
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TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Tucson Sector continue to make the community safer by disrupting smuggling efforts along the International Border.

Early this morning (Feb. 26), agents assigned to the Ajo Station were patrolling near Federal Route 1 and State Highway 86. Agents observed an SUV driving at a high rate of speed, with its lights out.

After attempting to stop the vehicle, agents successfully deployed a Controlled Tire Deflation Device (CTDD). Even with flat tires, the vehicle continued to flee.

It was found a short time later abandoned in the desert. Agents discovered 118 bundles of marijuana inside the vehicle.

A total of 1,958 lbs of marijuana, with an estimated value of nearly $1.6 million dollars, were recovered.

The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The vehicle is being processed for seizure by the Border Patrol. No apprehensions were made.

Tucson Sector agents seized 341,000 lbs of marijuana worth an estimated $272.9 million during the first fourth months of Fiscal Year 2009 (Oct 08 - Jan 09).