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Border Patrol seize nearly $2 million in drugs over the past week

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized nearly 4,000 pounds of marijuana in two separate incidents in the last week, authorities said.

Last Friday, agents near Pisenimo, southwest of Sells, found 2,800 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $1.4 million, according to a press release from Customs and Border Protection. Agents searched the area for suspects, but did not find anyone. 

Monday, agents stopped a Ford van near Toltec and discovered 1,100 pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle. Two were arrested, and the vehicle, subjects and marijuana were turned over to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, the release said.

Agents arrested 12 other people in three separate incidents. 

On May 9, agents stopped a Cadillac Seville near Patagonia and arrested the driver. A passenger was also arrested — a man suspected of being in the country illegally who had a stolen border crossing card. A handgun was found in the glove compartment, the release said.

Also, on Monday agents stopped a vehicle near Topwa, south of Sells, and arrested seven people suspected of being in the country illegally, including two who were found locked in the trunk. 

Wednesday, agents stopped a Mercury sedan near Patagonia and arrested three people after learning one of the passengers was an Egyptian national in the country without authorization, according to the release.

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After agents pulled over a Ford van pulled near Toltec on Monday, they discovered more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana. Two men were arrested and handed over, along with the vehicle and narcotics to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.