Posted at: 12/07/2007 03:19:12 PM

By: The Associated Press

Border Patrol agents make $600,000 drug bust

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) - Border Patrol agents have seized nearly $600,000 worth of marijuana and arrested nine people in three separate incidents in southern New Mexico.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says today that six people - four adults and two youths from Mexico - were arrested after entering the United States illegally near the Santa Teresa port of entry.
They are accused of carrying backpacks loaded with 285 pounds of marijuana valued at nearly $230,000.

Near Hatch, agents arrested two U.S. citizens yesterday after discovering the pickup they were driving was found to have 237 pounds of marijuana worth about $189,000.

And agents arrested a 22-year-old California woman on Highway 80 near Lordsburg after searching her vehicle and discovering 212 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $170,000.

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