Smugglers use horses, pickup truck to bring marijuana to U.S.

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

TUCSON -- U.S. Border Patrol agents made two marijuana seizures in the past few days, totaling more than 2,400 pounds and valued at approximately $2 million.

On Sunday evening, agents from the Tucson Station seized approximately 1,500 pounds of marijuana hidden in a pickup truck that had been reported stolen.

According to a news release, agents responded to a location that indicated that a vehicle had illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. When agents arrived, they discovered the truck contained 70 bundles of marijuana with an estimated street value of $1.2 million.

The driver and any passengers fled into the desert to avoid apprehension.

The vehicle and marijuana were held for further processing.

Agents from the Sonoita Station, assisted by a CBP Office of Air and Marine helicopter, seized approximately 971 pounds of marijuana and several horses Monday afternoon.

According to Public Information Officer Colleen Agle, agents responding to possible illegal border crossings in nearby mountains discovered horses carrying bundles of marijuana.

Smugglers associated with the horses fled the area to avoid arrest.

The estimated street value of the marijuana is $776,800. The horses and marijuana were held for further processing.