Border Patrol agents make huge marijuana bust along border

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AJO - A tracking operation in the west desert area lead U.S. Border Patrol agents to 1,400 pounds of abandoned marijuana.

Border Patrol agents were sign-cutting west of the Lukeville Port of Entry when they came across numerous footprints along the border.

Several hours later agents tracked the footprints to 73 bundles of marijuana.

Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine were contacted for help with the seizure.

No one was found around the bundles, so it is thought the group had fled.

The marijuana is worth an estimated value of $1.1 million.

Sign-cutting and tracking are the oldest skills used by Border Patrol agents. Today those skills along with new technology and equipment help border agencies to deter smugglers from moving drugs through Arizona.