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Updated: BP agents seize more than $1.6M in pot in 4 days

Over 3 tons of marijuana recovered in 6 incidents

Border Patrol agents from the Sonoita Station seized more than $1,624,000 in marijuana that weighed 3,250 pounds in six incidents between Aug. 31 and Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday.

The largest of the finds was made Aug. 30 when an agent working in the Coronado National Forest found more than 1,840 pounds of marijuana, worth $920,000, in a truck abandoned by a driver who fled on foot. Agents were unable to locate the driver and believe the suspect fled into Mexico. the Border Patrol said in a press release. 

On Aug. 28, a canine team following footprints of possible illegal immigrants were alerted by a canine agent that detected the scent of drugs. Agents found six bundles abandoned in the area weighing just under 279 pounds and worth $139,000, the Border Patrol said.

Also on Aug. 28, agents responded to a motion-detection sensor and found five bundles of marijuana weighing more than 218 pounds and worth about $109,000, the agency said.

On Aug. 30, agents stopped two vehicles with false license plates traveling together. One of the drivers, a U.S. citizen, was arrested after agents found 53 packages of pot, weighing more than 312 pounds and worth $156,000, in a false compartment in the vehicle, Border Patrol said

The driver and passenger of the other vehicle admitted to working with the other driver. The three were held for criminal prosecution, the agency said.

Sonoita agents stopped a suspicious vehicle Wednesday with modifications used in drug smuggling, the Border Patrol said. Agents interviewed the driver, a Mexican citizen with a Permanent Resident Card, who gave agents permission to search his vehicle.

Agents found 39 packages of marijuana in a concealed compartment in the vehicle. The packages weighed nearly 282 pounds and were worth $140,500. The driver was held for prosecution.

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Three hours later, another vehicle was stopped and also was found to have a concealed compartment that contained 60 packages of marijuana, weighing 319 pounds and worth $159,500. The driver was held for prosecution, said Agent Mario Escalante, a Border Patrol spokesman.

"We’re being vigilant in every sense of the word … through technology, personnel and resources,”  Escalante said in an interview.

"We’re sending a message to these smugglers, ‘Look it doesn’t matter what you try, we’ll deny you the chance to operate in the area,’ ” Escalante said.

All recovered drugs and vehicles were taken to the Sonoita Station for processing.

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A Border Patrol agent found 75 bundles of marijuana, weighing 1,840 pounds, packed into this truck Wednesday in the Coronado National Forest.