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Rainy weekend in Arizona net border agents $2.1 million in marijuana

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The drug cartel in Mexico will do what ever they can to get their drugs into the United States. On Tuesday, November 26, 2013 the U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported how drug smugglers used southern Arizona's rainy weather over the weekend to make an attempt to get their drugs across the U.S. border.

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The first incident occurred Saturday morning when Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents were conducting surveillance in a remote area near Why, Arizona when they spotted approximate 20 individuals carrying bundles of marijuana on their backs. Agents, along with a K-9 partner, were able to locate 32 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,559 pounds. As the border patrol agent came upon the area the smugglers scattered.

The second incident happened in the afternoon on Saturday, when agents working in the remote area of Whetstone, Arizona stopped a Ford pickup truck on one of the remote dirt roads. The driver attempted to out run the agents on foot, but was arrested and charged with smuggling narcotics. Inside the truck were 40 bundles of marijuana weighing 820 pounds, the truck and marijuana were seized.

A third attempt was stopped at approximately 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening when agents responded to a call of a possible smuggling attempt near Saint David, Arizona. While traveling though the area agents observed a Dodge truck traveling on a dirt road with its headlights off, the truck was found abandoned in a wash a little time after that, with 1,851 pounds of marijuana inside. Agents also found the truck to be equipped with a siren, and red and blue emergency style lights in the grill. It also contained a set of binocular's and night vision goggles, the truck and all its contents were seized. Agents were unable to locate the driver.

In total, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents seized the combined $2.1 million in marijuana.

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