Two men arrested for carrying over 670lbs of marijuana

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(Source: Tucson Sector Public Affairs) (Source: Tucson Sector Public Affairs)
TUCSON, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Two men were arrested on Saturday by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Nogales and Casa Grande stations for carrying more than 670 pounds of marijuana worth more than $336,000.

Casa Grande agents responded to a report of smugglers near Vamori on Saturday morning. Agents said they encountered two Honduran men with over 432 pounds of marijuana worth $216,000. Agents searched the area for the additional smugglers but were not able to find them.

Agents west of Nogales responded to two incidents on Saturday evening a few hours apart. They caught a combined weight of 240 pounds of marijuana.

Agents answered to a sensor activation where multiple people were carrying large backpacks of suspected marijuana in the first incident. Smugglers dropped the backpacks when they saw the agents and ran south to Mexico. 

A similar scenario played out a few hours later further west of Nogales. 

Both seizures by Nogales have a combined value exceeding $120,000.

Agents transported the marijuana and the two Honduran men to their respective stations for processing. The suspected smugglers face federal charges for smuggling a controlled substance and immigration violations. 

Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows filing charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. 

An individual is presumed innocent unless or until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Contacting the Border Patrol to report illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life. 

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