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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a smuggling suspect caught with drugs taped to his body in addition to making drug seizures over the week of Thanksgiving.

Agents seized half a million dollars in illegal drugs in separate incidents over a three-day period, according to a news release.

Agents first noticed an abandoned Nissan sedan west of the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz. on Nov. 26. Four bundles of marijuana found inside the car were estimated to be worth more than $90,000. Authorities did not find the driver.

The next day, agents followed ATV tracks to a wash near mile marker 157 on Interstate 8, where they found 632 pounds of marijuana in 32 abandoned bundles.

Authorities said a man attempted to travel through the Interstate 19 checkpoint on Thanksgiving while reportedly transporting methamphetamine. The narcotics were concealed inside two tubes that were duct-taped to his upper left thigh, the release said. The man is being presented for prosecution.

All drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure.

The public can anonymously report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol at (877) 872-7435.

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