Note: Happy Secure Border New Year
Note: reading this brings a few things to concern here. Among them,
warnings a while back to local law enforcement not to be finding any
drugs off duty. Could this endanger other hunters? Interesting
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2 Scottsdale men find 126 lbs. of pot in Sasabe
by Allie Seligman - Jan. 2, 2012 10:01 PM
The Republic | azcentral.com
Every year for two decades, Pierre Mondotte has spent a few days in
Sasabe hunting deer.
This year's trip ended unexpectedly, though, when he and a friend,
Anthony Piazza, stumbled upon 126 pounds of marijuana in the small
border town in Pima County.
The Scottsdale men were tracking a deer around opposite sides of a
mountain when Mondotte, 65, saw what he first thought was a body.
But stacked underneath a large piece of burlap he found seven bundles
of marijuana wrapped in tin foil and plastic. "I've been down there
for 20 years and I've never found anything like it," Mondotte said.
Night was falling and the men walked the 3 or 4 miles back to their
campsite. The next morning they came across a National Guard post and
alerted officials, they said.
At first the soldiers didn't seem too concerned, Piazza said. "They
didn't want to go at first. They didn't think it was anything," he said.
The pair led them to the drugs, though, and "all the sudden they're
loading their machine guns," Piazza, 48, said.
Andy Adame, spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's
Joint Field Command, said the marijuana Mondotte and Piazza led
agents to is valued at $101,480.
Adame said usually agents, not citizens, find abandoned drugs. "But
it does happen every once in a while," he said.
Drugs are typically abandoned when smugglers think they are being
followed, Adame said.
"They think they're getting apprehended so they drop their stuff and
run," he said.
Agents usually find one, two or three bundles of marijuana at a time,
not seven like Mondotte and Piazza discovered, Adame said.
Mondotte said the soldiers he led to the drugs were "extremely
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