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Apr 30, 2012 8:27 PM

Joint border operation yields stolen vehicle, nearly $1m in pot

TUCSON - A joint operation along the border in Arizona's West Desert resulted in the recovery of a stolen vehicle, and the seizure of 1,867 pounds of marijuana Friday night.

The West Desert Task Force is a collaboration between agencies, including: the Tucson Sector Border Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

On Friday night, agents from the Border Patrol's Ajo Station responded to detection technology and discovered an abandoned pickup truck holding 82 bundles of marijuana, worth an estimated $933,500, according to a Customs and Border Protection news release.

The bundles were sent to the Ajo Station for processing and the vehicle was turned over to the local Tohono O'odham Police Department.

"Partnerships with other federal, state, tribal and local agencies continue to yield significant dividends against transnational criminal organizations attempting to exploit Arizona's border region," the release states.

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