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Border Patrol arrests 19, seizes over 1400 pounds of marijuana

The Douglas seizure. (Customs and Border Protection Photo)

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized 1,483 pounds of marijuana and arrested 19 people during two weekend incidents, said U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Agents at the Ajo Border Patrol Station patrolling the international boundary near Lukeville, Arizona and Rocky Point, Mexico discovered some footprints left by individuals who apparently entered the United States illegally. They tracked the footprints and caught up with the group.

With assistance from an Air and Marine Operations crew, agents apprehended 19 people carrying large bundles of marijuana, weighing over 920 pounds. The individuals were all taken to the Ajo Station for further processing.

The next day, agents at the Douglas Border Patrol Station saw some people cross the international boundary with large bundles. The individuals secretly left after trying to conceal their packs near an abandoned ranch. The agents retrieved the bundles which held more than 563 pounds of marijuana and weapons.

Overall, the 1,483 pounds of marijuana is valued at almost $741,500.

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