Border agents seize $1.7 million in pot

2014-07-02T12:31:00Z 2014-07-02T12:43:40Z Border agents seize $1.7 million in potKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 02, 2014 12:31 pm  • 

Border patrol agents in Southern Arizona seized more than $1.7 million in marijuana and made eight arrests in one week.

On June 15, Ajo Border Patrol agents discovered more than 2,100 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $1.1 million hidden in brush near Lukeville, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release. During a search of the area, agents saw several suspects running back into Mexico, but no arrests were made.

Two days later, agents seized a Ford Taurus and arrested a U.S. citizen for smuggling people across the border near Nogales.

On June 18, agents responded to a motion sensor that was set off and found an abandoned Chevrolet Tahoe in a wash near Kohatk, on the Tohono O'odham Nation. During a search of the area agents found 54 bundles of marijuana, worth in more than $630,000. The weight of the pot was not provided.

Two busts were made June 22. Tucson Border Patrol agents arrested a man from Mexico after an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer making a traffic stop found he was carrying a gun and ammunition.

Later the same day, agents near Naco arrested two U.S. citizens who were smuggling three immigrants in their Oldsmobile sedan — one in the car and two in the trunk.

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