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More than $550K in pot found near Patagonia hiking trail

Border Patrol agents found more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana worth more than $550,000 on Monday near a hiking trail south of Patagonia, authorities said. 

Two agents from the Sonoita Border Patrol station were walking a "known smuggling route" when they spotted debris that they said "appeared to have been deliberately placed" to conceal something, a spokesman for the BP's Tucson Sector said in a news release.

The agents investigated and found 55 bundles of marijuana wrapped in cellophane. 

Agents looked for footprints or signs of possible suspects, but determined that the smugglers were no longer in the area, the spokesman said.

Patagonia is about 50 miles south of Tucson, and northeast of Nogales. The area is well south of the area burned by the Sawmill Fire that swept through the Santa Rita Foothills last week.

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Sonoita Station Border Patrol agents found 55 bundles of marijuana worth more than $550,000 near a Patagonia hiking trail Monday.