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Drug smugglers pretend to be federal agency

Drug smugglers pretend to be federal agency
Photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows detail of a decal on a truck made to look as if it belonged to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but which was actually carrying more than 3,200 pounds of marijuana, east of Douglas, Ariz.
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - It looked like a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service truck. But the U.S. Border Patrol says it was actually the latest in a long line of creative attempts by smugglers to get illegal drugs from Mexico into the U.S.

Agents spotted the white truck with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decals along a boundary fence in Douglas, Arizona, on Monday, while responding to reports of possible drug smuggling. When agents tried to contact those inside, the vehicle suddenly stopped and two people fled into Mexico.

Agents say they found 3,200 pounds of marijuana stashed in the truck worth an estimated $1.6 million.

Smugglers have used catapults, tunnels and panga boats to get drugs across the U.S. border.
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