Tuscon Border Patrol seizes $300K of weed, finds man smuggling immigrants in trunk

TUCSON, AZ - More than $300,000 worth of marijuana, three vehicles and a loaded handgun were seized in separate incidents last week by Tucson Border Patrol agents, according to Customs and Border Protection officials.

Four people were also arrested for their potential roles in these crimes, officials say.

Agents got a tip from a citizen regarding a suspicious vehicle in Sonoita, Ariz., and found 630 pounds of weed in an abandoned truck, officials say. After a search of the area, Border Patrol did not find any suspects. The marijuana is worth an estimated $314,650, according to CBP.

On Feb. 14, agents arrested a U.S. man at the I-19 checkpoint for smuggling two undocumented aliens in his trunk, officials say.

Another tip led agents to a Mexican national who attempted to abandon his car near Marana, Ariz. Border Patrol seized the car, then found a loaded handgun next to the person’s footprints about 20 yards away from the car, CBP says.

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