- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) - Federal authorities say they have arrested five suspected drug smugglers west of the Santa Teresa and seized more than $176,000 worth of marijuana.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent patrolling the international boundary with Mexico about 4 a.m. Tuesday noticed multiple shoe prints heading north.

The footprints led agents to four abandoned duffel bags full of prepackaged bundles of marijuana that were buried in heavy desert brush.

The agents continued to follow the trail of shoe prints through the rugged terrain, which turned south toward the border.

Authorities say three Mexican men were found hiding in the desert brush and two others were arrested a few miles away.

They say none of the men had U.S. immigration documents.

Border Patrol officials say the marijuana bundles totaled nearly 221 pounds.

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