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$4M in marijuana seized in Arizona during shutdown

TUCSON, Ariz. — Federal authorities say they seized nearly $4 million
worth of marijuana in southern Arizona during the federal government shutdown.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol officials said Wednesday that agents working during
the 16-day partial shutdown confiscated more than 7,000 pounds of marijuana, 10
vehicles and illegal contraband.

Among the incidents were two separate marijuana seizures of 1,800 pounds each
near Tat Momoli, Ariz.

During the shutdown period, agents at Tucson Sector checkpoints also
encountered about a dozen immigrants trying to enter the U.S. by hiding inside
vehicle trunks.


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