Smugglers caught hauling $625k in marijuana

CREATED Jan 16, 2013

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  • CBP agents caught smugglers with $625,000 worth of marijuana near Pia Oik, Ariz. Image by U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Web Producer: Mo Olivas

PIA OIK, Ariz. (KGUN9) - Ajo Station Border Patrol Agents arrested 12 drug smugglers Tuesday night near Pia Oik, Ariz. for carrying 1,250 pounds of marijuana.

According to Border Patrol officials, after finding what seemed to be a group of smugglers carrying marijuana bundles, agents called for air support.

An Office of Air and Marine helicopter responded and agents apprehended 11 adults and one juvenile.

An estimated amount of $625,000 worth of marijuana was found and turned over to the DEA, according to a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The smugglers face federal prosecution for narcotics smuggling.