About 1,100 pounds of marijuana were founded abandoned east of Nogales.

Border Patrol agents found a half-ton of marijuana abandoned in a rural area east of Nogales on Monday.

The bundled drugs were worth about $550,000, according to a news release from Customs and Border Protection.

The agency said a Border Patrol K-9 team was patrolling a rural mountain road east of Nogales and found foot prints along a known smuggling route. The team followed the foot prints to a wooded area a few miles away.

Agents searched the area and found 24 bundles of marijuana weighing about 1,100 pounds. No smugglers were found.

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The agents transported the marijuana to the Nogales Station for processing.