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Phony Wildlife Service truck discovered carrying marijuana near Douglas

Border Patrol agents responding to reports of smuggling activity on Monday east of Douglas pulled over an apparent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service vehicle, discovering that the vehicle was a fake and the flat-bed trailer it was pulling was loaded with thousands of pounds of marijuana worth around $1.6 million.

Agents spotted the vehicle driving alongside the international boundary fence, but when they attempted to contact the driver, the vehicle came to a sudden halt and two men fled south into Mexico, according to a release from U.S. Border Patrol. 

The vehicle was marked with phony U.S. Fish and Wildlife decals on the doors. 

Agents searched the flat-bed trailer and vehicle, seizing more than 3,200 pounds of marijuana.

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A phony federal wildlife service truck and trailer were packed with 3,200 pounds of marijuana east of Douglas, Ariz. on Monday.