Tucson, Ariz. - Tucson Sector Border Patrol Agents apprehended 10 smugglers and seized more than 1,690 pounds of marijuana last night near Lukeville. The marijuana had an estimated value of $845,000.
Ajo Station agents, using an infrared camera, detected a group of suspected illegal aliens walking in the desert carrying large backpacks. The Ajo Station's All Terrain Vehicle Unit, Horse Patrol Unit and a CBP helicopter responded to the location.
Once at the scene, the helicopter pilot directed agents on the ground toward the group hiding in the brush. Agents apprehended 10 drug smugglers and discovered 38 bundles of marijuana in the immediate area.
The 10 drug smugglers were transported to the Ajo Station and are being held for prosecution. The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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