Border patrol horses sniff out drugs in the desert

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(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol) (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)

Some border patrol horses made an unexpected discovery in the desert this weekend.

They found more than 340 pounds of abandoned marijuana Sunday afternoon near Ajo in southern Arizona.

After agents conducting surveillance reported seeing approximately 10 people walking in the desert, the Horse Patrol Unit rode to the last known location and found eight big bundles of marijuana.

Agents searched the area but were unable to locate the people transporting the illicit cargo.

Agents seized the marijuana, worth more than $170,000, and transported it to the Ajo Station for processing.

Tucson Sector’s Horse Patrol units are vital to the Border Patrol. Horses allow agents to quickly reach remote desert areas inaccessible to motorized vehicles.

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