Border Patrol agents seize marijuana, swords and ammo

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

LUKEVILLE, Ariz. -- U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested three drug smugglers and seized marijuana, weapons and ammunition in three separate incidents this week.

On Wednesday morning, Border Patrol agents apprehended three suspected drug smugglers and seized 21 bundles of marijuana east of Lukeville, Ariz.

The narcotics weighed 1,100 pounds and had an estimated street value of $550,000, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The suspects face federal drug-smuggling charges.

Later that day, agents patrolling on Federal Route 15 stopped a suspicious vehicle driving northwest of Sells, Ariz. Agents determined the passenger was an illegal immigrant. Agents also found an AK-47 style assault rifle, a rifle magazine and 120 rounds of ammunition.

The driver and passenger were taken into custody and the weapon and ammunition were seized.

Early Thursday morning, agents operating a remote video surveillance system observed smugglers east of Lukeville. Agents responded to the area and recovered 803 rounds of assault rifle ammunition, several swords and rifle parts.