The lead deputy took custody of the vehicle and its load of approximately 700 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $350,000.
Later that evening, Nogales Border Patrol camera operators reported an individual walking along Duquesne Road approximately 2 miles from the crash site. When agents responded to question the male subject, he attempted to escape by running into the desert.
Agents quickly apprehended the subject, later identified as a 14-year-old U.S. citizen who had been driving the vehicle when it crashed. A sheriff’s deputy returned to the area and took custody of the juvenile.
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