Aug 15, 2012 1:01 PM by Jake Merriman

Fake government truck found loaded with pot near border

TUCSON - A vehicle made to look like an official Santa Cruz County government truck loaded with nearly one ton of marijuana was seized late Monday evening by Tucson Sector Border Patrol.

The Customs and Border Protection news release stated that Sonoita Station agents found a 2005 pickup abandoned north of Harshaw, AZ. The decals disguised the vehicle as a Santa Cruz County - Flood Control Department vehicle. The narcotics were found hidden under a black layer of plywood.

According to the report, the marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the cloned vehicle was seized for evidence.

Nobody connected to the cloned vehicle was found. Smugglers often abandon their contraband to avoid prosecution, CBP officials stated in the news release.

The vehicle was smuggling 75 bundles of marijuana, according to CBP. The 1,750 pounds of marijuana is estimated to be worth $875,000.

Citizens are invited to contact Customs and Border Protection to report any suspicious activity. Citizens can remain anonymous and can reach Border Patrol by calling toll free at 1-877-872-7435.

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