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CBP: Pursuit leads to $1M drug bust in Elgin

Border Patrol agents seized more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $1 million, on Tuesday afternoon after a truck they were pursuing crashed near Elgin, Arizona, authorities said. 

Border Patrol agents from the Tucson Sector spotted a 2003 Chevy pickup truck traveling on Lower Elgin Road, northeast of State Route 83, and attempted to make a stop, said a spokesman for the BP's Tucson Sector said in a news release.

The vehicle sped up and then "abruptly veered off road and collided with a chunk of concrete," the spokesman said. 

Inside the truck's bed were 97 bundles of marijuana, hidden from view by a camper shell. 

The agents arrested the driver and passenger, both identified as Mexican men in the country without authorization, and transported them to a nearby hospital for medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries sustained in the crash. 

Elgin is about 45 miles south of Tucson, and northeast of Nogales, and is just seven miles south of the area burned by the Sawmill Fire that swept through the Santa Rita Foothills last week. 

On Monday, Border Patrol agents found 55 bundles of marijuana worth more than $550,000 wrapped in cellophane next to a hiking trail near Patagonia, a bit further south. 

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More than 2,000 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $1 million, found in the back of a Chevy truck after the driver crashed into a chunk of concrete near Elgin, Arizona.