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Border Patrol wrapup

BP agents seize 3,775 lbs of pot

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized 3,775 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $1.8 million, in separate incidents over the weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday.

Casa Grande agents discovered a group of suspected smugglers in the West Desert on Saturday, just north of the border, the Border Patrol said.

Agents found 11 backpacks buried in a wash that contained 594 pounds of pot worth $297,000. The group fled into Mexico, the Border Patrol said.

The drugs were taken to the Casa Grande Station for processing.

Also on Saturday, Casa Grande Station agents using infrared technology detected a group of suspected smugglers in the West Desert. Agents arrested five people and seized 24 burlap bundles of marijuana weighing 1,289 pounds and worth $644,500, the Border Patrol said.

The suspects face federal drug charges, the Border Patrol said.

Ajo Station agents on Monday watched a vehicle traveling off-road through the desert and with the help of a CBP helicopter crew found the vehicle abandoned with 73 bundles of pot, the Border Patrol said.

The drugs, which weighed 1,892 pounds and are worth $946,000, were taken with the vehicle for processing at the Ajo Station.

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In other Border Patrol activity in the Tucson Sector since Friday:

Tucson Station agents at the S.R. 86 checkpoint on Monday arrested  two U.S. citizens after finding a small amount of marijuana concealed in their vehicle, which also was occupied by two minors. Agents found a 9mm handgun and a small amount of cocaine on the adult passenger. The adults were taken to the station for processing. Child Protective Services was contacted and took custody of the children. The drugs were to be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency and the firearm handed over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Also Monday, Ajo Station agents apprehended a 33-year-old Mexican man for illegally entering the country. Record checks he has a conviction for lewd and lascivious acts with a minor in of Norwalk, Calif., and a prior removal. The man also has a warrant for a parole violation out of California. He faces federal charges and be turned over to California authorities for the warrant.

Sunday evening, Douglas Station agents apprehended a 23-year-old Mexican man for illegal entry. Record checks revealed he was convicted for possession of a controlled substance in King County, Ill., and he admitted to having ties to the Latin Kings street gang. The man had a prior removal and now faces federal charges.

Ajo Station agents working in the West Desert on Sunday apprehended a 35-year-old Mexican man for illegal entry. It was found that he had a prior removal and he admitted to being a member of the Sureño gang. He faces federal prosecution and will be processed for removal.

Casa Grande agents apprehended a 24-year-old Mexican man Sunday for illegal entry. It was found he is a member of the Sureño 13 gang and has a criminal and immigration history. He also was convicted for a firearm violation and previously removed from the United States. He was held for removal.

Naco Station agents apprehended a 20-year-old Mexican man Sunday for illegally entering the United States. He was found to have a prior removal from the United States and admitted to being a member of the Sureño gang in North Carolina. He was held for federal prosecution and removal.

Casa Grande Station agents working in the West Desert on Saturday arrested a 26-year-old Mexican man for illegally entering the country.  Record checks revealed he was convicted in 2006 for attempted rape in California and sentenced to three years in prison. He also has a prior removal. He was held for prosecution and removal of an aggravated felon.

Also on Saturday, Nogales Station agents apprehended a Mexican man for illegal entry. He has a conviction for sexual misconduct with a minor and was sentenced to two years in prison. He was held for federal prosecution and removal.

Nogales Station agents apprehended a Mexican male national for illegal entry Friday. Record checks revealed he was convicted for driving under the influence and reckless homicide in Chicago in 1997 and was sentenced to three years in prison. He was held for federal prosecution and removal.

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Casa Grande Station agents transport 24 burlap bundles of seized marijuana for processing.