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BP seizes 1,100 pounds of marijuana after smugglers retreat to Mexico

Harried by a helicopter from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a group of 35 smugglers abandoned backpacks carrying more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $550,000, near Nogales, authorities said. 

On Monday morning, Border Patrol agents operating cameras at the Nogales station spotted the group of men crossing into the United States with backpacks loaded with marijuana, said a spokesman from U.S. Border Patrol. 

A helicopter crew from Air and Marine Operations responded and flew over the group, who immediately dropped dropped their loads and ran back into Mexico, the spokesman said. 

Agents from Border Patrol and AMO seized the drugs, he said. 

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Backpacks seized by U.S. Border Patrol and Air and Marine Operations on Monday morning that contained 1,100 pounds of marijuana worth more than $550,000.