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U.S. Border Patrol Agents Seize Cloned Vehicle, Marijuana Discovered Inside

Release Date: 
August 15, 2012

Tucson, Ariz. - Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized a cloned vehicle filled with 75 bundles of marijuana late Monday evening. The vehicle displayed phony decals in an attempt to appear as if it was an official Santa Cruz County - Flood Control Department vehicle.

False Santa Cruz County seal on the drug smuggling vehicle.

Sonoita Station agents discovered an abandoned 2005 pickup north of Harshaw, Ariz. Hidden in the bed beneath a black sheet of plywood was over 1,750 pounds of marijuana. The narcotics, worth an estimated $875,000, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the cloned vehicle was seized for evidence.

Marijuana loaded in the back of the vehicle.

Agents were unable to locate any individuals in the area connected to the abandoned vehicle.

Narcotics smugglers often abandon their contraband to avoid apprehension and subsequent federal prosecution. The Border Patrol encourages community members to report any suspicious activity.

Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity and remain anonymous by calling the Border Patrol toll-free at (877) 872-7435.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017