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Border Patrol agents seize $3.2 million in drugs over past weeks

In the last three weeks, U.S. Border Patrol agents have seized $3.2 million worth of drugs in multiple incidents across southern Arizona. 

Starting on May 18, agents near San Simon—39 miles west of Sells—found an abandoned Chevrolet Silverado loading with nearly 1,900 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $900,000. According to a  news release from Border Patrol, the vehicle was reported stolen from Phoenix and was turned over to the Tohono O'odham Police Department. 

To the west on May 21 agents discovered seven bundles of marijuana worth around $167,000 stacked on an abandoned all-terrain vehicle near Why. 

Another load of marijuana was discovered by agents on May 25 near Cobabi, on the Tohono O'odham Nation 10 miles north of Sells, when agents came upon a stolen vehicle loaded with 1,800 pounds of marijuana worth more than $933,000. The vehicle was turned over to the Department of Public Safety. 

On May 27, agents responding to a suspicious vehicle call near Sells found a Dodge truck stuffed 72 bricks of marijuana. The marijuana worth $806,000 was packed in the cab and bed of the truck, which was also reported stolen from Phoenix. 

On Sunday afternoon, four people in a 1997 Chevrolet Malibu tried to pass through the State Route 80 checkpoint near Tombstone when a dog alerted agents to the possible presence of drugs. Agents searched the vehicle and found a "non-factory compartment" in the front bumper behind the fog lights containing 40 pounds of cocaine packed into 16 bricks with an estimated value of $441,000. 

Those arrested will be tried at the state level, the release noted, and the vehicle and drugs were handed over to the Department of Public Safety. 

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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Border agents seized 1,800 pounds of marijuana in a stolen truck near Cobabi, Ariz.