Border Patrol seizes 700 pounds of pot, arrests 3 suspected smugglers

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 700 pounds of marijuana and arrested three suspected smugglers Monday, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Around 9:30 a.m., agents assigned to the Sonoita Station, with assistance from an Office of Air and Marine helicopter, responded to a report of suspicious activity in Elgin involving multiple people believed to be undocumented immigrants.

Agents located two pickup trucks, one of which reportedly contained nearly $360,000 worth of marijuana. CBP said the smugglers used a black sheet to conceal the bundles inside the truck, and placed plywood and other debris over the bundles in the truck bed.

The air unit guided agents to three alleged drug smugglers, one United States citizen and two Mexican nationals. They reportedly tried to flee but were arrested.

CBP said they will be prosecuted for allegedly attempting or conspiring to possess or distribute marijuana.

The drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure.