Border Patrol agents seize 3,500 pounds of marijuana in southern Arizona

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

AJO, Ariz. -- U.S. Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona seized more than 3,500 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $2.7 million in two separate incidents.

On Saturday, agents tracking a group of suspected illegal immigrants about 20 miles west of Lukeville discovered 84 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 1,730 pounds with an estimated value of $1.3 million.

The agents were unable to locate the individuals.

Early Monday, agents patrolling the desert south of State Route 86 followed fresh tire tracks and found an abandoned sport utility vehicle. Inside the SUV, agents discovered 100 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 1,780 pounds with an estimated value of $1.4 million.

Agents did not locate any suspects.

The marijuana was transported and processed at the Ajo Station pending transfer to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

From Oct. 1, 2009, to Aug. 31, 2010, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol seized more than 940,000 pounds of marijuana exceeding $752 million in value.