Pot discovered in a vehicle at the I-19 checkpoint on Saturday.
By the Green Valley News
Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 9:20 AM MST
Two Border Patrol busts at the Interstate 19 checkpoint north of Tubac and one near Casa Grande netted 1,200 pounds of pot valued at more than $1 million, according to agents.
Agents on Saturday discovered 50 pounds of marijuana valued at $40,000 hidden in a car going through the checkpoint, which was upgraded in the spring. The driver, who was not identified, was taken to the Nogales Station for processing.
On Friday at the checkpoint, a Border Patrol canine team assisted with the discovery of 350 pounds of marijuana inside a hidden compartment in a trailer. The marijuana, truck and driver were taken to the Nogales Station for processing.
On Saturday, Casa Grande agents, using a Mobile Surveillance System, spotted 15 suspected illegal immigrants in the West Desert. The subjects dropped backpacks containing marijuana and were not captured. Agents recovered the marijuana, weighing more than 800 pounds and valued at about $690,000.