CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — Federal authorities seized more than 2,139 pounds of marijuana from an abandoned vehicle found in the desert near Casa Grande Friday afternoon.
The Office of Air and Marine (OAM) was patrolling the desert by air when the crew spotted what appeared to be a vehicle concealed with camouflage cover. The crew contacted the Casa Grande Border Patrol Station to respond.
Agents removed the tarp and discovered 93 bundles of marijuana inside the vehicle. The estimated value of the drugs was $1.7 million.
Agents said there was no sign of any smugglers.
The vehicle and drugs were seized and transported to the Casa Grande Station for processing.
“The Border Patrol and OAM continue to impact the business of organized smuggling,” said Chris T. Clem, patrol agent in charge of the Casa Grande Station. “The biggest winner when we take these drugs off the streets is the public. We are glad to make our communities safer places to live.”