Agents seize $2.1M in marijuana in S. Ariz.

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The 1,851 pounds of marijuana seized from the Dodge truck, seen here at a Border Patrol facility. By Jennifer Thomas The 1,851 pounds of marijuana seized from the Dodge truck, seen here at a Border Patrol facility. By Jennifer Thomas
Rear view of the Dodge truck used as a load vehicle, seen here abandoned in a wash. Bundles of marijuana are visible in the bed of the truck. By Jennifer Thomas Rear view of the Dodge truck used as a load vehicle, seen here abandoned in a wash. Bundles of marijuana are visible in the bed of the truck. By Jennifer Thomas
Marijuana bundles in the bed of the truck as seen from above. By Jennifer Thomas Marijuana bundles in the bed of the truck as seen from above. By Jennifer Thomas
The load vehicle is at an extreme angle in the wash. Bundles of narcotics are visible in the truck. By Jennifer Thomas The load vehicle is at an extreme angle in the wash. Bundles of narcotics are visible in the truck. By Jennifer Thomas
The cab of the truck was also heavily loaded with marijuana bundles. By Jennifer Thomas The cab of the truck was also heavily loaded with marijuana bundles. By Jennifer Thomas

TUCSON, Ariz. – Smugglers attempted to use southern Arizona's rainy weather to their advantage in three separate weekend incidents, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

A Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent conducting surveillance Saturday morning in a remote area near Why observed approximately 20 people carrying bundles of marijuana on their backs.

Agents, along with a K-9 partner, were able to locate 32 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,556 pounds.  All of the individuals absconded.

Just after noon on Saturday, agents stopped a Ford pickup truck on a remote dirt road near Whetstone and the driver attempted to outrun the agents. Officials said 40 bundles of marijuana weighing 812 pounds were found in the truck. The driver was arrested and charged for smuggling narcotics. The truck and marijuana were seized.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. Sunday, agents responded to possible smuggling activity near St. David and saw a Dodge truck traveling on a dirt road with its headlights off. The truck was located abandoned in a wash a short time later. Agents found 1,851 pounds of marijuana inside, but they were unable to locate the driver.

The truck had been equipped with a siren and red and blue emergency-style lights in the grille. Agents also found a set of binoculars and night vision goggles in the truck's cab. The truck and all contents were seized. 

In total, agents seized a combined $2.1 million in marijuana.

Narcotics traffickers use any means to move their products, including strapping the drugs to their backs, cloning vehicles, and even trying to use the weather to their advantage, CBP officials said.