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Border Patrol seizes more than $1.7 million in drugs; arrest eight

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Border Patrol agents seize more than $1.7 million in drugs and arrest eight people during a busy week in June.

According to a recent release the first large drug find took place on June 15, when BP agents with the help of a drug detecting canine and an Office of Air and Marine helicopter, discovered more than 2,100 pounds of marijuana bundles in the desert near Lukeville, Arizona. The drugs were worth an estimated $1.1 million, according to BP officials. Several potential suspects fled the area after BP agents conducted an extensive search, heading back into Mexico. No arrests were made said BP officials.

A second incident on June 17, BP agents arrested a woman for allegedly attempting to smuggle people into the U.S., near Nogales, Arizona. While on June 18 agents working with the West Desert Task Force discovered an abandoned Chevy Tahoe in the desert southwest of Tucson close to Kohatk, Arizona. According to BP agents 54 bundles of marijuana were found after a search of the area around the SUV. The drugs were worth an estimated $630,000.

To round out the week, BP agents arrested a man from Mexico, after assisting Arizona Department of Public Safety officers with a vehicle stop on June 22. According to the BP release a firearm was seized during the arrest and the car was taken into DPS custody.

Later in the evening on June 22 two more people were arrested for alleged alien smuggling, after agents said they found one person hiding in a rear passenger compartment and two more hiding in the trunk of a sedan. This last arrest occurred near the Brian A. Terry Station.

The drugs, cars, firearms and ammunition were taken by BP agents for processing; the suspects are also facing potential prosecution.

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