S. Arizona border agents seize 3,000 lbs. of pot

2013-04-22T13:46:00Z 2013-04-23T08:33:27Z S. Arizona border agents seize 3,000 lbs. of potArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 22, 2013 1:46 pm  • 

Border Patrol agents made several large marijuana seizures over the weekend in Southern Arizona.

On Friday night, agents discovered 34 bundles of marijuana that had been abandoned near the community of Pisinimo on the Tohono O’odham Reservation, west of Tucson.

The drugs weighed 1,768 pounds and had a street value of about $800,000, according to a news release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

On Saturday, a CBP helicopter crew observed three smugglers transporting what looked to be drug bundles near Growler Valley Road, southwest of Ajo.

When the smugglers saw the CBP helicopter they abandoned the ATVs. Agents on ground recovered 25 bundles of marijuana from the ATVs, weighing a total of about 1,100 pounds. The street value of the drugs was about $555,000. The smugglers got away.

Two of the ATVs were seized, the third had been reported stolen out of Pinal County.

All the marijuana was turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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