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Border Patrol finds $1.5M worth of marijuana near Tucson

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection Photo)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Federal authorities said they have found nearly a ton of marijuana loaded into an abandoned pickup truck west of Tucson on Friday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said the drugs have an estimated street value of about $1.5 million.

Border Patrol agents were in an area near Ajo looking for smugglers early in the morning and found a highly modified truck hidden under a camouflage tarp.

Inside the truck was 90 bundles of marijuana that weighed 1,933 pounds.

Authorities said the abandoned truck had no license plate, no registration and had been highly modified for off-road travel and for carrying heavy loads.

The marijuana was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration and the truck was seized.

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