U.S. Border Patrol seizes nearly $1 million worth of marijuana

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U.S. Border Patrol agents found 948 pounds of marijuana inside a truck concealed in brush near Nogales, Ariz. By Jennifer Thomas U.S. Border Patrol agents found 948 pounds of marijuana inside a truck concealed in brush near Nogales, Ariz. By Jennifer Thomas
U.S. Border Patrol agents found 948 pounds of marijuana inside this truck. By Jennifer Thomas U.S. Border Patrol agents found 948 pounds of marijuana inside this truck. By Jennifer Thomas

TUCSON -- In two separate incidents, U.S. Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona seized more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $1 million.

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an agent operating a Mobile Surveillance System detected men on horseback in a canyon east of Nogales, Ariz.

Agents responded to the location and started tracking the horses. Agents then found a set of tire tracks that led them to a vehicle concealed in the brush and 948 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $759,000.

No arrests were made in connection with the marijuana.

In a second incident, agents stopped a vehicle that contained 286 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $229,000.

The driver abandoned the vehicle and fled into the desert but was apprehended a short time later.

The vehicle and marijuana were transported to the Sonoita Station for processing.

The driver is pending prosecution.