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4,700 pounds of pot seized by Border Patrol

Loads of marijuana worth $2.3 million

Border Patrol agents found more than 4,700 pounds of marijuana, worth $2.3 million, in separate incidents Sunday near Why and Douglas, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Ajo Station agents searching an area of S.R. 85 south of Why discovered two pickup trucks loaded with 207 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 4,400 pounds.

Both vehicles, which had been reported stolen, were turned over to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The marijuana, worth $2.2 million, was to be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Later that night, agents using thermal imaging found a group of suspected drug smugglers loading marijuana into a vehicle northwest of Douglas. Douglas Police officers chased the driver who fled an attempted stop, the Border Patrol said.

Two people tried to abandon the vehicle, but police were able to apprehend one. The other is believed to have fled into Mexico.

Agents recovered seven bundles of marijuana weighing 326 pounds worth $163,000. The marijuana was to be handed over to the DEA and the suspect was held for prosecution.

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Aug 4, 2011, 8:05 pm
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good idea, but cartels would just abandon da weed and step up the meth, {censored }e and black tar. Secure the border, stop all illegal drugs. Cut the snakes head off, not its tail. SECURE the border.  It can be done. It should be done.

Jul 28, 2011, 8:37 am
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By allowing medical marijuana to be grown and used in these United States of America, we help to eliminate the need for any of this Mexican grown ‘weed’ that these criminals are bringing to our country. Our BEST weapon against them is our very own HOMEGROWN!!  Keep it safe,keep it local, keep it free from criminals and ‘cartels’! Make it legal in EVERY state for an adult to grow and use their own! Remove the cartel’s market, and they will have one less reason to be coming here with their dung.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents unload bundles of marijuana that were seized Sunday near Why.