Border Patrol agents seize $1.2M in marijuana

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized nearly $1.2 million in marijuana in the past two weeks, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
 
With help from an Office of Air and Marine helicopter, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Ajo Station reportedly seized more than 1,800 pounds of marijuana on Nov. 4 after following tire tracks to an abandoned vehicle.

The abandoned Chevrolet truck had been reported stolen out of Phoenix and was loaded with 80 bundles of pot, according to CBP. Authorities estimated the value of the marijuana at $930,000.

Agents searched the area but did not locate any suspects. They turned the truck over to the Tohono O'odham Police Department.

On Nov. 8, Tucson Station agents arrested two male Mexican nationals near Arivaca, Arizona and searched their backpacks. One man was allegedly in possession of a loaded handgun reported stolen by a hunter. Agents also found food items believed to be stolen from a residence.

Both men and the handgun were turned over to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.

On Nov. 10, several bundles of marijuana valued at $219,000 were found under the plywood in the bed of an abandoned Dodge Ram truck, according to CBP.

Agents and a K-9 team located the suspected driver in nearby brush. According to CBP, he had yielded and surrendered his license when he was stopped at the Willcox Station earlier that day but then fled the area.

Also on Nov. 10, Ajo Station agents arrested a woman who was allegedly smuggling six bundles of marijuana worth an estimated $34,000.

Agents reportedly found the marijuana in the Ford Focus she was driving after an alert from a K-9. CBP said the woman, a United States citizen, refused to lower her window, answer immigration questions, or drive to a secondary inspection area when she was stopped at the State Route 85 checkpoint south of Gila Bend, Arizona.