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Nearly $500K worth of pot dropped by aircraft recovered

Some of the seized marijuana is shown along with the drop cage. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection )

Border Patrol agents in the Yuma Sector discovered nine bales of marijuana that were dropped from an ultralight aircraft on Saturday evening.

About 11:30 p.m., agents were notified that the aircraft was circling an area near Somerton, Ariz.

"Agents arrived shortly after and located five bundles, one with the drop cage," said Border Patrol Agent Spencer Tippets. "The marijuana was seized."

Tippets said the effectiveness of border security in the Yuma Sector has forced the drug cartels to use extreme measures to get drugs into the United States.

Four other bundles were found nearby. The nine total bundles weighed 208.7 pounds and have an estimated street value of $484,880.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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