TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized 823 pounds of marijuana worth more than $411,000, a vehicle, and apprehended the smuggler near Naco, Ariz. Monday morning.
Naco Station agents, after witnessing suspected narcotics smugglers loading several bundles into a vehicle, followed the suspects while Tucson Air and Marine dispatched air support. The air crew spotted the vehicle and observed the driver abscond into the desert, attempting to hide in brush. Agents apprehended the driver and secured the vehicle, loaded with 16 bundles of marijuana. The driver, vehicle and marijuana were transported to the Naco Station for further processing. The driver is being held for federal prosecution.
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