Backpacks of marijuana found abandoned in desert near Ajo

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

AJO -- U.S. Border Patrol agents found more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana abandoned in the desert near Ajo.

On Monday, Border Patrol agents located the footprints of a group of people who apparently entered the United States illegally.

After tracking the group for several hours, the agents found multiple backpacks of marijuana.

The agents conducted a thorough search of the immediate area, but no individuals were found.

Agent David Jimarez said the marijuana has an estimated value of more than $850,000.