Border Patrol agents discover marijuana in hidden compartments of 2 vehicles

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Hidden compartment containing marijuana discovered by Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Station By Jennifer Thomas Hidden compartment containing marijuana discovered by Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Station By Jennifer Thomas
Agents assigned to the Nogales Station extracting bundles of marijuana at the I-19 checkpoint By Jennifer Thomas Agents assigned to the Nogales Station extracting bundles of marijuana at the I-19 checkpoint By Jennifer Thomas
Vehicle seized at the I-19 checkpoint for transporting marijuana By Jennifer Thomas Vehicle seized at the I-19 checkpoint for transporting marijuana By Jennifer Thomas

TUCSON -- In two separate incidents over the weekend, U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered a total of 793 pounds of marijuana hidden in secret compartments while conducting checkpoint operations.

The combined estimated value of the marijuana is more than $634,000.

A Border Patrol canine team working the Interstate 19 checkpoint Friday alerted to an empty flatbed trailer. Agents discovered a hidden compartment in the frame of the vehicle, containing 50 bundles of marijuana.

On Saturday, agents working the State Route 85 checkpoint located 18 bundles of marijuana hidden in the floorboard of a recreational vehicle.