Posted: May 24, 2011 4:11 PM
Updated: May 24, 2011 6:10 PM
TUCSON - In the past 24 hours, Tucson Sector Border Patrol Agents seized 3,026 pounds of marijuana in two incidents, bringing an estimated $1.5 million worth of narcotics off the streets.
Yesterday morning, Casa Grande Station agents detected a suspicious vehicle that had driven off the road. Agents followed the tracks into the desert where they found an abandoned Chevrolet Tahoe concealed with a camouflaged tarp, according to a release by Customs and Border Protection. Agents found 1,660 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle. The narcotics, worth an estimated $830,000, were seized and transported for processing.
Later that afternoon, agents at the Sonoita Station stopped a suspicious Ford F-250 south of Patagonia, and performed a non-intrusive x-ray inspection, which revealed anomalies in the bed and side panels, CBP says. Agents found non-factory compartments containing about 1,366 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $683,000. The marijuana and vehicle were seized, and the driver is in custody.
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