The Tucson Sector Border Patrol says they seized a total of 740 pounds of marijuana from two vehicles Wednesday worth around $370,000. Agents apprehended two smugglers in the incidents, and both are being held for federal prosecution, according to a news release. Casa Grande Station agents working in an area of the West Desert located the first vehicle early Wednesday, the release said. The vehicle was reportedly abandoned and loaded with marijuana bundles.
Agents secured the automobile and initiated a tracking operation, authorities said. Agents said they tracked footprints from the vehicle to an individual in possession of five more bundles of marijuana. The individual, along with the vehicle and 600 pounds of marijuana, were taken to the Casa Grande Station for processing, according to the release. The second incident happened later in the evening on State Route 80.
Wilcox Station agents said they conducted a vehicle stop, and discovered 101 bundles of marijuana. Officials initially became suspicious of the vehicle due to the driver’s nervous demeanor and the strong smell of marijuana in the vehicle, the release said. The marijuana, weighing around 140 pounds and worth $70,350, was transported to the Wilcox Station with the driver and vehicle for processing, the release said.
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