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Border agents rescue 1, find nearly 1 ton of pot

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized nearly 1 ton of marijuana and rescued a dehydrated Mexican national from the desert in separate incidents over the holiday weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday.

Ajo Station agents patrolling in the West Desert on Friday found an abandoned vehicle with 61 bundles of marijuana inside, the Border Patrol said.

The vehicle, which was reported stolen out of Phoenix, was turned over to the Tohono O'odham Police Department. The drugs, which weighed 1,422 pounds and are worth $711,000, were taken to the Ajo Station for processing, the Border Patrol said.

On Saturday, Tucson Station agents responded to an activated rescue beacon near Sasabe and found a stranded Mexican national who had no water. The person was evaluated by a Border Patrol EMT and was treated for dehydration at the scene. The person refused further treatment and was taken to the Tucson Station for processing, the Border Patrol said.

Casa Grande Station agents patrolling near Three Points on Sunday found 10 bundles of marijuana abandoned in the desert. The drugs, which weighed 540 pounds and are worth $270,000, were taken to the station for processing the Border Patrol said.

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