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New agents find nearly 800 lbs of pot while training

Marijuana discovered in abandoned vehicle

Recently graduated Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents in field training Tuesday discovered an abandoned vehicle loaded with nearly 800 pounds of marijuana in the West Desert, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

The new hires were responding to detection equipment that alerted them to potential drug smuggling when they found the vehicle and 37 bundles of pot, the Border Patrol said.

The marijuana, worth $400,000, was to be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Border Patrol said.

In other activities in the Tucson Sector in the past 24 hours, provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection:


Ajo Station agents apprehended a 16-year-old Mexican boy for illegally entering the United States on Tuesday night. The teen admitted to agents that he's a member of the “Sureño 13” gang. He was held for removal.

Rescue and recovery

Casa Grande Station agents rescued a man from Mexico on Tuesday morning activated a rescue beacon in the West Desert after becoming lost after entering the country illegally. He was taken to the Casa Grande Station for processing and removal.

Also on Tuesday, Casa Grande Station agents discovered human remains in the West Desert and contacted the Tohono O’odham Police Department who took over the investigation.

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