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Border Patrol Arrests 27 and Seizes $1.3 in Marijuana

Border Patrol Arrests 27 and Seizes $1.3 in Marijuana

CREATED Mar. 22, 2012

Web Producer: Alexandra Sutter

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Border Patrol agents arrested 27 suspected smugglers and seized 2,592 pounds of marijuana and a vehicle within the last 48 hours.

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, on Tuesday Casa Grande agents working near Federal Route 15 checkpoint attempted to stop a vehicle that was driving off-road near Kohatk, Ariz.

The driver and passenger jumped from the moving truck. Agents managed to stop the run-away vehicle and found a male subject concealed in the bed of the truck with 27 bundles of marijuana.

The marijuana, weighing 630 pounds and worth an estimated $315,000, and vehicle were  transported to the Casa Grande station for further processing. The man, who is a resident of Sonora, faces possible federal prosecution.

Yesterday afternoon the Ajo Station's All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) conducted a foot-sign tracking operation that led them to 15 bundles of marijuana concealed in a wash.

The narcotics weighed 762 pounds and are worth approximately $381,000. They have been turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Last night, an unmanned aircraft from Customs and Border Protection's Office of Air and Marine detected 26 suspected narcotics smugglers near the international boundary.

Ajo Station's ATV unit responded to the area and located 24 bundles of marijuana and took in 26 people.

The marijuana weighed 1,200 pounds and is estimated to be worth $600,000. The 26 adult male Mexican nationals now face possible federal charges.

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