Desert Invasion - U.S.

Smugglers abandon 700 lbs. of marijuana after shootout with Border Patrol

By Staff writers, KVOA Tucson

Wednesday night, in the Tucson Sector six miles southeast of Nogales, a half mile north of the border, a Mercedes Benz SUV was caught crossing the line on a rural, dirt road.

Six Border Patrol agents moved in to stop it, and that's when the gunfire rang out.

Border Patrol agents stood guard as the Critical Incidents Investigation Team took a close look at the crime scene.

A Border Patrol helicopter flew overhead, also protecting the agents below.

Marked tennis balls showed the bullet casings left behind.

The FBI says more than four people began shooting at Border Patrol agents Wednesday night....

So the drug smugglers got away, but they left behind more than 700 pounds of marijuana valued at over half a million dollars.

So far this year, there have been more than 100 assaults against Border Patrol agents, making this a very dangerous job.

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