Border Patrol agents stop $1.5 million marijuana smuggling attem

El Centro

Border Patrol agents stop $1.5 million marijuana smuggling attempt

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EL CENTRO, Calif. (13 On Your Side) - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro station stopped two cars packed with more than $1.5 million worth of marijuana. 

The smuggling attempt happened Sunday night. 

Agents say two cars were spotted heading south to the U.S.-Mexico border near Calexico, then separating and stopping near the fence.

Three suspects jumped out of the car and took off running, headed to Mexico. 

Agents arrested one of the suspects, who was illegally present in the United States.

The other two got away.

Agents seized both cars and found 79 large bundles of marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $1,504,000.