Border Patrol stops smuggling attempt, nabs $1.3M in marijuana

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The U.S. Border Patrol seized 2,773 pounds of marijuana worth more than $1.3 million after smugglers abandoned their load on Sunday.
 
An agent from Tucson Sector's Sonoita Border Patrol Station attempted to stop a suspicious truck traveling on Forest Service Road (FSR) 49 when the driver and passenger abandoned their vehicle.

The agent found 483 bundles of marijuana in the truck's cab and bed, which was covered with plywood.

An air asset from Customs and Border Protection's Office of Air and Marine, a K-9 unit and other agents conducted an extensive search, but the suspects were not found.

The marijuana and vehicle were seized. The Drug Enforcement Administration will take possession of the marijuana.