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Border Patrol seizes more than $1 million in marijuana

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Chevrolet pickup truck loaded with more than 1,600 pounds of marijuana (Source: Customs and Border Protection) Chevrolet pickup truck loaded with more than 1,600 pounds of marijuana (Source: Customs and Border Protection)
Chevrolet pickup truck loaded with more than 1,600 pounds of marijuana (Source: Customs and Border Protection) Chevrolet pickup truck loaded with more than 1,600 pounds of marijuana (Source: Customs and Border Protection)
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Ajo Border Patrol agents seize marijuana (Source: Customs and Border Protection) Ajo Border Patrol agents seize marijuana (Source: Customs and Border Protection)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Border Patrol agents seized a ton of marijuana, worth an estimated $1,077,000, last week during two separate incidents.

On March 7, BP agents with the help of the Office of Air and Marine helicopter found more than 476 pounds of marijuana in the desert near Why, Arizona.  According to the BP release the bundles were discovered near the village of Pia Oik on Tohono O'odham land.  Agents conducted an extensive search of the area but were unable to find any suspects.

In a second incident early in the morning on March 13, agents with the Brian A. Terry Station found an abandoned truck containing 79 bundles of marijuana, near Naco, Arizona. 

According to a BP release camera operators advised agents that vehicles were moving north into the U.S. from the border.  When agents arrived near the area two of the vehicles had turned around heading back to Mexico, leaving a third vehicle behind on the U.S. side.  The abandoned vehicle contained more than 1,600 pounds of marijuana.  Agents searched the area but were unable to locate any suspects.

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