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Mar 7, 2014 4:16 PM

$1 million worth of pot seized in desert west of Tucson

TUCSON - Border Patrol agents seized more than 1,900 pounds of marijuana worth $969,425 from a stolen vehicle in the desert west of Tucson

Yesterday at approximately 11:30 a.m., agents from the Tucson Border Patrol Station responded to a citizen's report of suspicious vehicles in the desert possibly smuggling narcotics. When agents arrived at the last reported location of the vehicle, they discovered and followed a set of tire tracks.

Agents soon encountered an abandoned GMC Yukon in a desert wash containing 91 bundles of marijuana. An extensive search of the area was conducted but no subjects or additional contraband was located. Record checks on the vehicle revealed it was reported stolen out of Glendale, Ariz. (photo available)

The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.

The Tucson Sector Border Patrol continues to accomplish its mission by building and maintaining strong, strategic partnerships with other law enforcement agencies and the community in efforts to promote public safety.

Customs and Border Protection also welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.

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