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AK-47 among weapons BP seizes from smugglers

In the last two weeks, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents have seized two stolen vehicles, a supply truck for smugglers, and four weapons, including an assault rifle and a handgun equipped with a silencer.

On Monday, a helicopter crew with the Office of Air and Marine spotted a vehicle in the desert near Marana in an apparent smuggling attempt. As the helicopter hovered overhead, the driver abandoned the vehicle, leaving a fully-loaded AK-47 assault rifle, along with magazines and ammunition.

A search for the driver turned up a second vehicle containing food and other supplies commonly used to resupply smugglers, said a news release from the agency.

Nearly two weeks ago, on Sept. 21, sensors detected a truck near Douglas. When BP agents tried to stop the vehicle, the driver sped way but managed to mire the truck in a muddy wash. The driver was apprehended while running from the Dodge truck, which held 355 pounds of marijuana worth around $170,000, the agency said in the release Friday.

The next day, Ajo agents arrested two U.S. citizens for human smuggling when they found a Mexican national in their vehicle. The passenger was carrying a loaded handgun and ammunition.

On Sept. 23, Casa Grande agents arrested another U.S. citizen for human smuggling. During a search of his vehicle agents found a 9 mm pistol with a silencer.

On Sept. 25, Tucson agents responded to a call from a resident of Arivaca about potential illegal activity. Agents discovered an abandoned backpack containing a .45-caliber handgun and a loaded magazine, as well as several bags of ammunition in various calibers. The agents also found a small amount of marijuana, the release said.

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An AK-47 assault rifle found in a vehicle near Marana, one of three weapons seized by Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector in recent weeks.