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February 16, 2006
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Agents seize nearly $5 million in drugs near Mexican border

The Associated Press

TUCSON, Arizona- Nearly $5 million (euro4.2 million) in illegal drugs have been seized this week on the border at and near Nogales by federal agents, authorities said.

U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted two pickup trucks that had entered illegally west of Nogales on Monday and the occupants abandoned one truck when it became stuck.

Inside the abandoned pickups, agents found 4,926 pounds (2,217 kilograms) of marijuana loaded in bundles, worth about $3.9 million (euro3.28 million) on the street.

In two incidents Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found $910,000 (euro764,449) worth of cocaine and methamphetamine.

A drug-detection dog helped officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry find 47 packages of drugs inside a pickup.

Officers removed the packages and found more than 40 pounds (18 kilograms) of methamphetamine and 23 pounds (10.35 kilograms) of cocaine.

Also Tuesday, Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Port of Entry discovered 46 pounds (20.7 kilograms) of cocaine hidden in a pickup truck that the driver had abandoned to run back to Mexico.

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