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Border Patrol

Agents seize nearly $1.7M worth of marijuana

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized almost 3,400 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $1.7 million in separate incidents over the weekend in the West Desert, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday.

Agents and deputies from the West Desert Task Force recovered 1,867 pounds of marijuana and a stolen truck Friday, CBP said.

Ajo Station agents, working with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, discovered 82 bundles of marijuana, worth $933,500, inside the abandoned truck in the West Desert, CBP said.

The marijuana was seized and the truck, which was reported stolen out of Phoenix, was turned over to the Tohono O'odham Police Department, CBP said.

In a separate incident over the weekend, Ajo Station agents working with a CBP helicopter crew recovered 15 bundles of marijuana east of Lukeville on Sunday. The drugs weighed 765 pounds and are worth $382,500, CBP said.

Ajo agents and a CBP helicopter also seized 12 bundles of marijuana on Saturday. The pot weighed 580 pounds and is worth $290,000, CBP said.

On Friday, Ajo agents training near the Mexican border found two bundles of abandoned marijuana near Lukeville that weighed 186 pounds and is worth $93,000, CBP said.

The drugs were to be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, CBP said.

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Ajo Station agents, working with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office discovered 82 bundles of marijuana, worth $933,500, inside this truck that was reported stolen from Phoenix.