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Border Patrol seizes 144 pounds of pot

Associated Press - May 30, 2008 8:15 PM ET

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents seized 144 pounds of marijuana that apparently was smuggled into the United States from Canada east of Blaine.

An agency news release says the smuggling was initially discovered with its remote video surveillance network.

Nothing was found initially when agents responded to the scene, but an agent who remained on the site heard objects being dragged across the ground about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday and observed people moving between a brushy area and a vehicle.

The vehicle sped away, but was later found abandoned. It contained two hockey bags stuffed with the marijuana.

Three suspects were later arrested when they were tracked and found hiding in a creek bed about a half mile away. Their names were not immediately released.

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