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Douglas-area BP agents seize nearly $2.5M in marijuana

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized two vehicles and nearly 5,000 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $2.5 million, on Sunday near Douglas. 

BP agents operating two mobile surveillance units spotted two Ford F-250s driving along the international boundary fence near Douglas, according to a news release from the agency. Agents responded and attempted to approach the vehicles. 

Before they could make contact, the drivers of both vehicles fled at a high rate of speed and the agents gave chase, the release said. 

The vehicles traveled about 200 yards north of the border fence, when they were disabled by assisting agents who deployed a spike strip and deflated the tires of both fleeing vehicles. 

Both drivers abandoned their trucks and escaped into Mexico. 

Agents seized the vehicles and marijuana, along with 31 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition. 

This year, Tucson Sector agents have seized more than 685,000 pounds of narcotics, down more than 30 percent from last year, the release said.

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