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BP seizes 5,530 lbs of pot, arrests 2

Agents find marijuana, suspected smugglers in separate incidents

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 5,500 pounds of marijuana and arrested two suspected smugglers in five incidents since Saturday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday.

On Monday, Ajo Station agents, assisted by an Office of Air & Marine helicopter, found an abandoned pickup truck loaded with 113 bundles of marijuana weighing 2,750 pounds. The drugs, worth $1.3 million, and truck were seized for processing, the Border Patrol said.

Also on Monday, Douglas Station agents arrested a U.S. citizen and seized 550 pounds of marijuana after a canine team helped find the drugs in a hidden compartment of a pickup. The marijuana weighed more than 550 pounds and had an estimated value of $275,000, the Border Patrol said.

Carlos Dominic-Pino, 21, of Tucson faces federal drug smuggling charges in the incident.

A background check found that Dominic-Pino was convicted of armed robbery in Pima County in 2006 and served more than four years in prison.

On Sunday morning, Ajo Station’s Horse Patrol unit responded to possible smuggling activity four miles north of the border and discovered 530 pounds of marijuana hidden in brush. The drugs valued at $264,500, were transported to the station for processing, the Border Patrol said.

Also on Sunday, Casa Grande Station agents found an abandoned 4x4 vehicle west of Interstate 15 containing 49 bundles of marijuana that weighed 1,143 pounds and is worth $571,500, the Border Patrol said.

Agents searched the area and apprehended a Mexican national near the vehicle. The suspect, vehicle and marijuana were transported to the Casa Grande Station for processing. The person is facing federal charges.

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On Saturday, Ajo Station agents tracked suspected drug smuggling using surveillance equipment and seized 557 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $278,500. The narcotics were transported to the Ajo Station for processing, the Border Patrol said.

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Ajo Station agents found 113 bundles of marijuana weighing 2,750 pounds in an abandoned pickup Monday.