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Border Patrol seizes nearly 5K pounds of pot over weekend

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Border Patrol seizes nearly 5K pounds of pot over weekend

Ajo Station agents discover more than $2.5M worth of drugs

Border Patrol agents seized almost 5,000 pounds of marijuana in the Ajo area over the holiday weekend in four separate incidents, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Ajo Station’s All Terrain Unit responded to suspicious activity east of Lukeville on Monday evening and found 24 bundles of marijuana, weighing more than 1,100 pound and worth $588,000. The drugs were transferred to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Earlier Monday, security officials at the Barry M. Goldwater Range notified Ajo Station agents that they had discovered 20 bundles of suspected marijuana. The station’s canine team responded to the area, where agents found an additional 21 bundles of pot, weighing more than 2,000 pounds and valued at more than $1,030,000, the agency said. The drugs were turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Agents east of Lukeville were notified Saturday of suspicious activity east of Lukeville that was being monitored by remote equipment by fellow agents. Twenty-four bundles of marijuana were found at that scene. The drugs weighed approximately 1,200 pounds and were worth $608,000, the agency said. The marijuana was transported to the Ajo Station to be transferred to the DEA.

Ajo Station agents found 13 bundles of marijuana Friday morning northwest of Lukeville. Those drugs weighed nearly 630 pounds and were valued at $314,000. The marijuana was taken to the Ajo Station to be transferred to the DEA, the Border Patrol said.

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