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Marijuana Airdrop

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An agent holding up a sample which has tested positive for marijuana. Some drug smugglers carry marijuana for their personal use. Nogales, AZ.

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Near Nogales, Ariz., CBP agents dismantle an observation point used by smugglers to monitor agents' movements in the remote desert, and seize a vehicle attempting to carry weapons and nearly $800,000 back to the Mexican cartels. CBP agents must implement new strategies to keep up with a new, almost foolproof method of smuggling drugs — ultralight aircraft used to drop bags of marijuana in the open desert virtually undetected.

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