Apr 22, 2013 6:46 PM by Leasa Conze
TUCSON - A substantial amount of marijuana is now in the hands of authorities, after two separate seizures over the weekend.
Tucson Border Patrol agents working near Ajo were responsible for both busts.
In the evening on April 19, agents working near Pisinemo, on the Tohono O'Odham Reservation, found 34 bundles abandoned in the desert. Those bundles weighed a total of 1,768 pounds, with an estimated street value of $884,000.
Then, on Saturday, April 20, Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine helicopter pilots saw three smugglers moving bundles near Growler Valley Road, southwest of Ajo, on all terrain vehicles.
When the smugglers saw the helicopter approaching, they took off on foot, leaving the three ATVs behind, along with 25 bundles of pot.
When ground agents arrived, they seized the drugs and searched the desert but could not find the smugglers.
The marijuana seighed 1,110 pounds, with a street value of $555,000.
Two of the ATVs were seized. The third had been reported stolen out of Pinal County.