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Predator drone, dogs help BP agents seize nearly $2M in drugs

With help from a Predator drone and a drug dog at a checkpoint, Tucson Sector Border Patrol seized nearly $2 million in drugs in multiple seizures this week, including about $100,000 in cocaine and more than $252,000 in heroin, according to a release from the agency.

On Nov. 26, agents from the Ajo Station responded to a report of suspicious activity near Lukeville. Agents traveling on all-terrain vehicles and a canine team followed tracks left by a group traveling northbound and found 56 bundles of marijuana worth around $651,000. The agents searched the area but did not find anyone connected with the drugs.

Later that evening, a Douglas Station agent assigned to the Hedglen Forward Operating Base and a Predator drone operated by the Office of Air and Marine out of Sierra Vista, located a suspected drug mule east of Douglas. The agents apprehended the man, a Mexican national, near a backpack stuffed with more than $100,000 in cocaine. A small amount of marijuana was also in the bag, the release said.

Tucson Sector agents, with help from a National Guard helicopter, on Sunday found an abandoned Chevrolet Silverado near Queens Well packed with more than 1,600 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $800,000.

Early Monday afternoon, Nogales Station agents stopped a Chevrolet Impala at the I-19 checkpoint just north of Amado, Ariz. A drug dog helped agents locate 12 bundles of heroin, worth more than $252,000 under the back seat.

The drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency, according to the release.

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Dec 4, 2014, 6:04 pm
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Hooray. And how much is never found. Close Border Now

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Nearly 1,600 pounds worth an estimated $800,000 found in an abandoned Chevrolet Silverado near Queens Well, Ariz.