Border Patrol agents seize $3.7M in marijuana

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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

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than $3.7 million in marijuana in several recent incidents.

Around 6 p.m. Wednesday, Ajo Station agents observed a black Chevrolet Tahoe driving without lights in the village of Charco on the Tohono O'odham Nation.

Agents followed the vehicle off the road and found it abandoned in a thicket. It was reportedly loaded with more than 788 pounds of marijuana, valued at about $394,000.

Later that evening, agents found another abandoned vehicle near Sil Nakya, Arizona after responding to a citizen's call. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Suburban, which was covered with a tarp and hidden in brush, contained more than 2,000 pounds of pot worth more than $1 million.

Agents searched the area but found no suspects.

A citizen's report also led to the seizure of 4,220 pounds of pot from Citizen's Express Line Warehouse in Nogales. Border Patrol agents and police responded to the warehouse on Jan. 23 to investigate a discrepancy in a manifest and cargo.

Nogales police took custody of the narcotics, which have an estimated value of $2.1 million.

Border Patrol agents reportedly found another 500 pounds of marijuana inside a Ford pickup truck on Jan. 21, after following it down a road paralleling the border. Authorities estimated the value of the drugs at $256,000.

CBP said the vehicle had two occupants, but they fled on foot into Mexico.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is taking possession of the marijuana, which weighs more than 7,500 pounds total.

Agents seized all vehicles involved.