Pot smugglers in scuba gear stopped in sewer
A person wearing scuba gear apparently tried to sneak two bundles of marijuana across the Mexican border through a sewer system on Friday, Border Patrol officials said.
Border Patrol agents operating infrared cameras noticed several individuals illegally crossing into the United States near a sewer outlet.
The Douglas Station's bike patrol went to the sewer system and saw one person carrying two bundles that were suspected to be marijuana.
That person was wearing a wet suit and scuba gear and was wading through waist-high water with the bundles, officials said.
The person saw the agents, dropped the bundles and began wading back toward Mexico. Apparently the other people spotted by the Border Patrol also fled, officials said.
The marijuana weighed 55 pounds and was estimated to be worth $44,000.
The would-be smugglers were not found, according to Omar Candelaria, spokesperson for the Border Patrol.
Feb. 26, 2010
The Arizona Republic
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