Jan 15, 2013 1:54 PM by Leasa Conze

Abandoned vehicles hold thousands of pounds of pot

TUCSON - Border patrol agents have discovered more than 4,500 pounds of pot, stashed in three different vehicles abandoned in the desert.

The biggest bust occured Monday morning near Why.

Agents with the Ajo Station were patrolling when they came upon a Chevy Suburban loaded with 85 bundles of marijuana.

The drugs weighed approximately 1,724 pounds, with an estimated street value of $862,000.

The next bust occured later Monday, when agents spotted tire tracks heading off-road.

The tracks led to a wash, where agents found a 2003 Chevy Tahoe loaded with 66 bundles, weighing around 1,340 pounds for a value of approximately $670,000.

The third bust took place near Pia Oik village Monday night. Agents, again from the Ajo Station, found another 2003 Chevy Tahoe, this one hidden in some dense brush.

Inside they found 76 bundles that weighed just over 1,500 pounds, worth $760,500.

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