TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - Border Patrol agents seize nearly $1,000,000 in marijuana, as well as multiple rounds of ammunition, in two separate busts in the Tucson Sector.
Tuesday, Nogales Station agents responded to a suspicious vehicle driving north on South River Road near Rio Rico. The agents attempted to overtake the vehicle when it exited the roadway and drove across the Santa Cruz River onto North River Road. Agents later found the vehicle abandoned in a wash. Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies located the driver.
The vehicle contained 83 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 1,700 pounds, with an estimated value of $850,500. (Photos of the vehicle and the illegal drugs are attached to this story.) The driver is being held pending prosecution for illegal re-entry of a deported alien and possession with intent to distribute.
In a separate incident, Casa Grande agents using infrared technology, observed two all-terrain vehicles Tuesday transporting suspected bundles of marijuana near Arizona City. A helicopter from the Office of Air and Marine assisted agents with locating the ATVs, which had been abandoned.
One ATV was loaded with five bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 260 pounds; the other with food, fuel and supplies. After further inspection, agents also found a Colt .45 handgun and 13 rounds of ammunition. The ATVs, handgun, ammunition and marijuana, valued at $130,000, were transported to the Casa Grande Station for processing.
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