Border agents seize 3,684 pounds of marijuana

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

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Tucson Sector exposed smugglers plots to transport drugs using hidden compartments.Agents seized 3,684 pounds of marijuana, in three different incidents.

Wednesday, agents from the Ajo Border Patrol Station working at the Border Patrol Checkpoint on State Route 85 discovered two vehicles smuggling marijuana in false compartments.The false compartments were found in trailers that both vehicles were towing.The total weight of the marijuana discovered in the two trailers was approximately 1,000 pounds, worth an estimated $800,000.A total of four individuals were arrested.

In another incident Wednesday, agents from the Nogales Border Patrol Station working at the Interstate 19 Checkpoint were alerted to the presence of possible contraband by a Border Patrol Canine.The agents referred the vehicle to secondary inspection where a fabricated hidden compartment was discovered with marijuana in it.The weight of the marijuana was 127 pounds, with an estimated value of $101,600.The driver was arrested and transported along with the marijuana to the Nogales Station.

Early Thursday, agents from the Nogales Border Patrol Station were alerted to a suspicious vehicle traveling north from the border.Agents were able to intercept the vehicle approximately 3,000 feet north of the border. The driver ran from the vehicle and fled south into Mexico, abandoning 105 bundles of marijuana found inside the vehicle. The marijuana has an approximate weight of 2,557 pounds and an estimated value of over $2,045,000.

In the first six months of Fiscal Year 2009 the Tucson Sector has seized approximately six hundred thousand pounds of marijuana. This is a record breaking total for the Border Patrol.The seizures can be attributed to increased manpower, technology, infrastructure, and the presence of checkpoints.