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Zip line smuggling attempt busted at Arizona-Mexico border

Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona arrested an 18-year-old man and seized 10 bundles of marijuana after a cross-border zip line smuggling attempt. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona arrested an 18-year-old man and seized 10 bundles of marijuana after a cross-border zip line smuggling attempt. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (AP) — Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona arrested a man and seized 10 bundles of marijuana after a cross-border zip line smuggling attempt.

Agents using surveillance technology detected a person a few feet from the international border attempting to conceal himself in a vacant lot Wednesday morning in Douglas.

Other agents patrolling the area responded and found the marijuana bundles and an 18-year-old Douglas man.

They also discovered a zip line affixed to a tall building across the Mexico border in Agua Prieta, Sonora.

Agents transported the bundles to the Douglas Station for processing.

Authorities say the marijuana had a combined weight of more than 240 pounds and an estimated value of more than $120,000.

They say the unidentified suspect is being held on federal smuggling charges.