Agents thwart smuggling attempt, seize 3,260 pounds of pot

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The marijuana has a value of approximately $1.63 million. By Jennifer Thomas The marijuana has a value of approximately $1.63 million. By Jennifer Thomas

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents stopped a massive smuggling attempt over the weekend, resulting in the seizure of 3,260 pounds of marijuana.

Using detection technology, Ajo Station agents observed a smuggling attempt near the Lukeville Port on Saturday.

A Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine helicopter crew responded and observed a group of smugglers running into Mexico as Border Patrol agents on all-terrain vehicles arrived on the scene.

A search of the area revealed 74 backpack-style marijuana bundles with a combined value of approximately $1.63 million.

The narcotics will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for disposal.