Agents seize smugglers, ATVs, 5,000 lbs of pot

2013-12-06T11:41:00Z 2013-12-07T12:49:04Z Agents seize smugglers, ATVs, 5,000 lbs of potArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 06, 2013 11:41 am  • 

Border Patrol agents arrested eight people accused of smuggling and six illegal immigrants and seized four ATVs and 5,000 pounds of marijuana.

Early Wednesday, agents discovered four abandoned all-terrain vehicles and 69 bundles of marijuana in an area northeast of the Tohono O’odham village of Kaka, about 80 miles northwest of Tucson, according to a news release from Customs and Border Protection.

Later Wednesday, agents arrested eight smuggling suspects south of Fragita Peak in the Arivaca area, 50 miles southwest of Tucson. Agents also found 19 bundles of marijuana in the area, the release said.

On Thursday night, agents at the Interstate 19 checkpoint near Tubac found 120 bundles of marijuana in a tractor-trailer rig.

Later, agents at the checkpoint discovered six illegal immigrants who were hidden in a commercial trailer chilled to 45 degrees.

The marijuana’s street value is about $2.5 million.

All the drugs and vehicles were seized. The suspects were either held for prosecution or returned to Mexico.

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