Marijuana smugglers stopped in Arizona sewer

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DOUGLAS, Ariz. (AP) -- Federal authorities say a person wearing scuba gear apparently tried to sneak two bundles of marijuana across the Mexican border through a sewer system.

Border Patrol agents operating infrared cameras noticed several individuals illegally crossing into Arizona using a sewer outlet near Douglas on Friday. The Douglas Station's bike patrol went to the sewer system and saw one person carrying two bundles that were suspected to be marijuana.

That person was wearing a wet suit and scuba gear and was wading through waist-high water with the bundles. The person saw the agents, dropped the bundles and began wading back toward Mexico and the other people spotted by the Border Patrol also fled and were not found.

Officials say the marijuana weighed 55 pounds and had an estimated street value of $44,000.

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