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By Mary Rinker, Tucson News Now intern

TUCSON, Ariz. (Tucson News Now) – Tucson Sector Border Patrol seized more than 2,500 pounds of narcotics over the past week, valued at more than $1.3 million in multiple smuggling attempts.

On Saturday, Jan. 25 agents said they discovered six bundles of crystal meth, about $47,400 worth, wrapped around a man's waist and groin. Later that day agents in Casa Grande seized more than 635 pounds of marijuana while on patrol and arrested two illegal immigrants, according to a news release.

The next day agents stopped a car with six occupants on Route 80 and conducted an immigration check discovering that four of the passengers were in the U.S. illegally, the release stated.

The following Tuesday, agents near Topowa arrested four illegal immigrants and seized more than 562 pounds of marijuana nearby, the release said.

Wednesday, agents said they found footprints in the Santa Rosa Mountains and followed the tracks to 10 bundles of stashed marijuana, valued at more than $255,600.

The largest seizure of the week happened Thursday, Jan. 30, near Marana when the border patrol detected tire tracks leading off the road and discovered an abandoned truck containing 16 shotgun shells and 30 bricks of marijuana priced at $402,575.

In another smuggling incident that afternoon border patrol apprehended three illegal immigrants from a vehicle that failed to yield at the U.S. Route 191 checkpoint near McNeal, officials said.

All subjects were arrested and were awaiting prosecution.

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