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1,800 pounds of pot found by Border Patrol

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1,800 pounds of pot found by Border Patrol

Load worth nearly $1 million found abandoned in desert

More than 1,800 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $1 million, was seized by Border Patrol agents Wednesday.

Ajo Station agents using their mobile surveillance system, tracked a vehicle traveling through the desert in the Organ Pipe National Monument, west of Lukeville. All Terrain Unit agents with the aid of a BP helicopter located the vehicle that was concealed by a tarp.

Eighty bundles of marijuana, weighing more than 1,800 pounds and worth an estimated $909,000, were found inside the vehicle.

The vehicle and drugs were taken to the Ajo Station for processing.

In separate incidents since Tuesday:

Ajo Station Border Patrol agents apprehended an illegal immigrant Tuesday who admitted to having ties to the Mara Salvatrucha street gang. The man, a Mexican national, was held for prosecution.

On Wednesday, Casa Grande agents apprehended an illegal immigrant from Mexico who admitted being a member of the Sureño gang. The person was being held for prosecution.

On Thursday, Ajo Station agents discovered an abandoned handgun while patrolling southeast of Arivaca. The weapon appeared to have been in the area for an extended period of time. The gun was turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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