Busts net 3,000 pounds of pot worth over $2.5 million south of Phoenix

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

TUCSON – Over 3,000 pounds of marijuana was busted by border agents during three separate incidents over the course of three days.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents made the largest bust on Monday when they responded to a suspicious vehicle spotted using an infrared camera. When agents got to the abandoned pick-up truck they found 2,000 pounds of pot.

The agent using the camera reportedly saw two individuals fleeing the area to Mexico.

On Wednesday another border agent responded to a call of suspicious activity in a remote area near Ajo when he discovered 14 bundles of marijuana in a brush. The pot had a combined weight of over 600 pounds. The agent was unable to locate any individuals in the area that may have been associated with the drugs.

Patrol Agent in Charge Brian Hastings says, “These seizures are a testament to the hard work of our agents assigned to the Ajo Station. Their experience and determination…is furthering our mission of securing our nation’s border.”

The third drug bust was on Thursday morning after an agent spotted a group of suspected illegal immigrants using the infrared camera. When agents arrived on the scene, the individuals had fled.

After searching the area agents found about 20 bundles of pot weighing over 500 pounds.

The combined value of the marijuana confiscated during the seizures is estimated at $2.5 million.