Marijuana found inside cloned vehicle in southern Ariz.

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents found 75 bundles of marijuana inside a truck disguised to look like an official Santa Cruz County vehicle.

The truck displayed phony decals in an attempt to appear to be an official Santa Cruz County Flood Control Department vehicle.

Sonoita Station agents discovered the abandoned 2005 pickup north of Harshaw, Ariz., late Monday evening and found more than 1,750 pounds of marijuana hidden in the bed beneath a black sheet of plywood.

The narcotics, worth an estimated $875,000, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the cloned vehicle was seized for evidence.

Agents were unable to locate any individuals in the area connected to the abandoned vehicle.

Narcotics smugglers often abandon their contraband to avoid apprehension and subsequent federal prosecution. The Border Patrol encourages the community to report any suspicious activity at 1-877-872-7435.