Ton of marijuana found in stolen truck hidden in wash

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The following is a press release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection: TUCSON -- Border Patrol Agents from the Tucson Sector continue to foil drug smugglers and their attempts to bring narcotics into the country. Yesterday, agents seized over 2,700 pounds of marijuana from a stolen truck that was hidden in a wash. The seizure is the largest to date, in Fiscal Year 2009.

At 12:00pm on October 14, 2008, Border Patrol Agents working near Fraguita Peak, south of Arivaca, AZ. discovered an abandoned Ford truck. The vehicle was covered with a tarp and hidden in a wash. This is a common tactic used by drug smugglers attempting to hide large loads of narcotics. Inside the vehicle, agents discovered 119 bundles of marijuana. A search of the area for the driver was unsuccessful. A check of the vehicle registration disclosed it to be stolen out of Tempe, AZ.

The total weight of the marijuana was over 2,728 pounds, with an estimated street value of more than 2.1 million dollars. The narcotics have been turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, while the truck has been turned over to the Tucson Police Department.