More than $7 million in pot found in abandoned vehicles

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A joint enforcement operation known as the West Desert Task Force seized more than $7 million worth of marijuana on Wednesday.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, agents found five abandoned vehicles with a total of 683 bundles of marijuana inside after responding to detection technology near the village of Ventana on the Tohono O’odham Nation.

The marijuana was estimated to weigh almost 14,500 pounds.

Agents seized the vehicles and then turned the marijuana over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The West Desert Task Force is a joint effort between U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department.

Their goal is to combat narcotics trafficking in the west desert region of Arizona.