SONOITA, AZ - Border patrol agents recently seized more than 4,400 pounds of marijuana in the San Rafael Valley worth more than $2 million, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.
The seizures occurred during six different incidents between March 20 and 26. Smugglers were found to be in possession of approximately 4,479 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $2.24 million.
The drug smugglers attempted to avoid detection through several tactics, officials said. One smuggler tried to blend in with citizens evacuating the Patagonia Mountains during a wild fire. Other smugglers used hidden compartments on modified vehicles to conceal narcotics, according to a news release.
Since Oct. 1, 2010, the Border Patrol in the Tucson Sector has seized more than 541,570 pounds of marijuana with an estimated worth of more than $270.7 million, officials said.
The Border Patrol continues to rely on communities to assist in enforcement. Citizens are asked to report suspicious activity by calling 1-877-872-7435. All calls will be answered and will remain anonymous.
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