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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Federal authorities in southern Arizona say they've seized more than $7 million worth of marijuana.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say a task force found five abandoned vehicles early Wednesday near the village of Ventana on the Tohono O'odham Nation.

They found 683 bundles of marijuana inside the vehicles. The marijuana was estimated to weigh almost 14,500 pounds with a street value of $7.2 million.

The vehicles were seized and the marijuana turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Authorities say the West Desert Task Force is a joint effort between U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the Pinal County Sheriff's Department.

Their goal is to combat narcotics trafficking in the west desert region of Arizona.

Associated Press,

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