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Border Patrol seizes 1,100 lbs. of pot, 4 arrested

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Border Patrol seizes 1,100 lbs. of pot, 4 arrested

In three separate incidents in the last 36 hours, Border Patrol agents seized 1,100 pounds of marijuana, two vehicles and three handguns, and arrested four suspects.

Tuesday morning, Casa Grande agents encountered a suspicious vehicle parked on an isolated dirt road, Customs and Border Patrol said in a press release. When they approached the vehicle, three subjects fled the scene. One subject, a 31-year-old Mexican national, was apprehended. The vehicle contained 638 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $319,000. The vehicle and marijuana were seized.

Monday, Tucson Station agents encountered a suspicious vehicle driving near Three Points. When agents attempted a vehicle stop, the occupants fled into the desert on foot.  While trying to track the suspects, the agents found a loaded 9 mm handgun on the ground. Two loaded .40 caliber handguns were found inside the vehicle. The firearms were transported to the Tucson Police Department for fingerprint analysis and will be further analyzed by Customs and Border Protection, the agency said.

In another incident Monday, agents working on the Camino Del Diablo in the West Desert apprehended three undocumented aliens attempting to smuggle 10 bundles of marijuana weighing 501 pounds. Agents transported the marijuana, worth an estimated $250,000, to the Ajo Station for transfer to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The three subjects are being prosecuted, CBP said. 

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