Three seizures in S. Arizona yield $1.2 million in drugs

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

TUCSON, Ariz. -- U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Tucson area conducted three separate seizures Wednesday involving marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine.

The drugs have an estimated value of more than $1.2 million.

According to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a canine team working the Interstate 19 checkpoint alerted to a vehicle and agents found 25 bundles of marijuana hidden under roofing material. The marijuana weighed more than 500 pounds and had an estimated value of $427,000.

The vehicle and driver were taken to the Nogales Station for processing.

Within an hour, agents at the same checkpoint inspected a shuttle van and found a bag containing two baseball-size bundles of methamphetamine valued at more than $75,000 and two bricks of cocaine weighing more than 5 pounds with an estimated value close to $165,000.

The drugs and owner of the bag were taken to the Nogales Station for processing.

On the same day, agents from the Casa Grande Station seized 13 bundles of marijuana after an agent made contact with a group he was tracking. The subjects immediately fled, dropping the marijuana bundles throughout the area.

A canine unit was brought in to locate all of the marijuana, which had a combined weight close to 700 pounds and an estimated value of more than $500,000. The bundles were taken to the Casa Grande Station for processing.