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Border Patrol finds 3K lbs of pot crammed in truck

$2.3M worth of marijuana seized

Border Patrol agents seized about $2.3 million worth of marijuana, weighing nearly 3,000 pounds, found crammed into the cab and bed of a truck Saturday near Lukeville.

Ajo Station agents, using surveillance equipment, saw the truck traveling through the desert near S.R. 85 and called in other agents to investigate.

As agents approached the truck, unidentified suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled into the desert. Agents could not determine how many suspects there were, said Agent Colleen Agle, a Border Patrol spokeswoman.

Agents searched the truck and found 134 bundles of pot, weighing 2,960 pounds, stuffed into the cab and bed of the vehicle.

Agents seized the truck and the drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Border Patrol agents found 134 bundles of marijuana stuffed into this truck Saturday near Lukeville.