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Jan 16, 2013 7:45 PM by Leasa Conze

Drugs, smugglers nabbed on reservation

TUCSON - Border patrol agents say they caught a dozen smuggling suspects carrying 1,250 pounds of marijuana through the desert.

It happened Tuesday night near Pia Oik, a small town on the Tohono O'Odham Reservation.

First the agents identified what appeared to be a group of smugglers carrying the bundles. then, they called for aerial support, leading to the capture of 11 adults and one underage person.

Agents estimate the pot's worth $625,000. It was turned over to the DEA and the suspects will face federal smugglnig charges.

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