Border Patrol arrests 6 smugglers, seizes $1.1 million in pot

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 2,300 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $1.1 million during multiple weekend seizures.

Agents also captured six men from Mexico in one incident, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Agents assigned to the West Desert Task Force were patrolling near Arizona's Vekol Valley about 2 p.m. Sunday when they found 19 bundles of abandoned marijuana valued at more than $444,000.

The previous day, Casa Grande Station agents responded to a sensor alert near the Tohono O'odham village of Pisinimo and found more than 800 pounds of abandoned marijuana worth an estimated $400,000, the CBP said. Despite an extensive search of the area, no suspects were found.

On Jan. 16, detection technology and a helicopter crew from the Office of Air and Marine helped Tucson Sector agents find the six Mexican men near the village of Santa Cruz, the CBP said. They were allegedly carrying 12 backpacks of marijuana worth more than $303,000.

The men were turned over for prosecution.