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TOPD intercepts man using pack horses to smuggle meth, pot

A Tohono O'odham Police officer arrested a man Wednesday afternoon near the village of Santa Rosa, about 63 miles northwest of Tucson, when he discovered him leading two horses carrying burlap sacks stuffed with drugs, authorities said. 

When confronted the man, identified only as a 25-year-old Mexican national, abandoned the horses and fled on foot, and the TOPD officer was able to seize the horses, and called Border Patrol for help, said a spokesman for the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector.

The horses were carrying more than 262 pounds of marijuana and six pounds of methamphetamine, worth a combined total of $123,000, the spokesman said.  

Agents from the Casa Grande station later found the man and arrested him near Federal Route 15. 

 The man was handed over to Homeland Security Investigations, a part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the spokesman said. 

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Pack horses found carrying more than $123,000 in marijuana and methamphetamine on the Tohono O'odham Nation on Wednesday.