Agents bust almost 600 pounds of pot during two-day period in Sonoita

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

SONOITA, Ariz. – Border agents busted almost 600 pounds of marijuana during two separate incidents this week.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents assigned to the Sonoita Station were on Highway 82 when they saw a suspicious car and initiated a traffic stop on Wednesday.

Agents say that after further inspection they suspected illegal activity.

A cursory inspection was conducted with Non-Intrusive (NII) technology that revealed abnormalities within the body of the truck.

Fifty-two bundles of pot were found hidden within the interior panels of the vehicle after an extensive inspection of the inside of the car. The marijuana has a total weight of 502 pounds and an estimated street value of over $400,000.

The driver and passenger were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the car was seized.

Chief Patrol Agent Victor M. Manjarrez, says, “Combining technology with the expertise of specialty units and vigilance of the agents improves the Border Patrol’s effectiveness.”

On Thursday border agents responded after receiving a report of backpackers in Nogales crossing drugs into Arizona. The smugglers dropped their bundles of pot and fled back to Mexico when they saw the agents.

Two bundles of pot weighing a total of 90 pounds and with a street value of about $72,000 were confiscated by agents.