Border Patrol agents seize over 2,000 pounds of marijuana
Web Producer: Taylor Higgins
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Local Border Patrol agents collaborated with other law enforcement agencies to seize more than $1.2 million in abandoned marijuana near I-8.
Agents from Casa Grande, officers from U.S. Immigration and Custom's Enforcement and deputies from Pinal County Sheriff's Department were working together Sunday when tire tracks were discovered leading to an abandoned vehicle, according to a media release from the Department of Homeland Security.
The release says that the vehicle contained 678 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $339,000.
On Tuesday, Casa Grande agents and Pinal County deputies discovered a Chevy Tahoe near Ventana, Ariz., just south of I-8.
The Tahoe contained 80 bundles of cellophane-wrapped marijuana, a total of 1,760 pounds with an estimated value of $880,000.
A Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine helicopter was called in to assist agents and deputies with a search of the area for people with information about the marijuana, but no arrests were made. According to the release, records indicate the Chevy was reported stolen.
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