More than 5,600 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $3 million was seized by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents in three separate incidents over the weekend.
Ajo agents operating mobile surveillance equipment observed a group of suspected narcotics smugglers just north of the border Saturday morning. Agents found 11 bundles of abandoned marijuana weighing nearly 594 pounds and valued at $297,000.
Sunday morning, Ajo agents and a Customs and Border Patrol helicopter crew responded to detection technology near Federal Route 1. When they got there, agents said they discovered an abandoned SUV containing 1,745 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $872,500.
Later that day, Casa Grande Border Patrol agents were called to investigate suspected illegal activity near Ventana. Agents were conducting joint operations with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.
They discovered tire tracks leading to two abandoned vehicles used to transport narcotics. A CBP helicopter crew also responded to assist law enforcement personnel on the ground, where a total of 198 bundles of marijuana were discovered concealed by vegetation.
The vehicles and 3,267 pounds of narcotics, worth more than $1.6 million, were seized.
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