Jun 6, 2012 8:12 PM

Border Patrol recovers about $1.6m-worth of pot in 2 incidents Tuesday

TUCSON - In two separate incidents yesterday, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized two abandoned vehicles loaded with bundles of marijuana totaling over 3,250 pounds, with a combined value of over $1.6 million.

Willcox Station agents responded to reports of a suspected smuggling vehicle attempting to drive around a checkpoint, according to a news release from Customs and Border Protection. They located an abandoned GMC pickup on Sibyl Road near Highway 80, with bundles of marijuana stacked in the cab and bed of the truck. The recovered marijuana's value was estimated at $662,000, the release states.

Border Patrol agents working on the east side of Nogales observed a suspicious truck near the international border, and saw a subject absconding into Mexico. Agents secured the vehicle and found more than 1,900 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $967,150.

In both incidents, the vehicles were seized and the drugs will be turned over to the DEA.

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