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Nogales-area BP seizes $585K in marijuana

Border Patrol agents intercepted two pickup trucks on Saturday near Nogales, each laden with more than 500 pounds of marijuana, worth a combined $585,000, authorities said. 

Agents operating a mobile surveillance truck spotted the two vehicles, a blue Chevy Colorado pickup and a silver Dodge pickup, traveling in tandem north from the U.S.-Mexico border, said Rob Daniels, a spokesman with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

Border Patrol agents attempted an "immigration stop," but neither driver pulled over, so agents pursued both vehicles through Nogales, said Daniels. 

The driver of the Chevy Colorado attempted to evade agents and drove through Nogales on Grande Avenue, ignoring road signs until he got off the highway on Mariposa Road where he slammed on the brakes. A pursuing agent to crashed into the truck. 

The Chevy later caught fire, requiring a response from the Nogales Fire Department, said the Nogales Police Department in a news release. 

The driver, identified only as a juvenile U.S. citizen, was arrested after the agents found 500 pounds of marijuana in his truck, said Daniels. 

Agents with the mobile surveillance unit tracked the Dodge truck, and spotted the driver as he abandoned the vehicle and fled into a nearby field. 

Agents found more than 500 pounds of marijuana in the truck, but were unable to locate the driver, Daniels said.  

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More than 1,000 pounds of marijuana seized on Saturday by Nogales-area Border Patrol agents.