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GILA BEND -- Authorities say they've seized two stolen vehicles that were carrying about $1 million worth of marijuana south of Phoenix.

Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say the seizure occurred about 1:30 a.m. Friday in a Gila Bend desert area.

The drivers abandoned the SUV and extended-cab pickup truck after a pursuit that involved a sheriff's helicopter.

Sheriff's officials say about 2,000 pounds of marijuana was discovered in the vehicles.

They say the SUV was stuffed from the floorboards to the roof with bales of marijuana bales while the pickup truck also was overloaded with pot.

An extensive search of the area was conducted for the drivers, but they haven't been found yet.

Associated Press,

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