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7 incidents lead to more than $605,000 in seized pot; 8 arrests

Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector seized more than $605,000 worth of marijuana and arrested eight drug smugglers during the past two weeks, federal authorities said.

The incidents include:

  • On Jan. 31, a person was arrested on State Route 80 at a checkpoint near Tombstone attempting to smuggle $5,500 worth of marijuana concealed in an air conditioner unit and speaker box of a Chevrolet Suburban.
  • On Feb. 1, agents stopped a GMC truck carrying more than 123 pounds of marijuana. The driver also was in possession of small amounts of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and prescription drugs.
  • On Feb. 5, Douglas agents stopped the driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe and found seven bundles of marijuana worth nearly $82,000, a loaded .44-caliber Magnum revolver and six rounds of ammunition.
  • On Feb. 6, Sonoita agents found two illegal immigrants north of Gardner Canyon Road and seized 12 bundles of marijuana weighing 624 pounds.

The drugs, vehicles, revolver and bullets were seized, and the suspects were held in custody and presented for prosecution, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.