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Agents Seize 1,500 lbs. of Marijuana from Tractor-Trailer

Release Date: 
December 14, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Nogales Station arrested a 32-year-old Mexican man after discovering more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana in a tractor-trailer at the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint near Amado on Wednesday evening.

​1500 LBS of marijuana discovered at I-19 checkpoint by canine agent
1500 pounds of marijuana
discovered at I-19 checkpoint
by canine agent

Agents referred the driver for a secondary inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect coming from the vehicle. When agents searched the trailer, they found 131 bundles of marijuana, worth more than $770,000, hidden in the roof.

Agents turned the driver, marijuana, and tractor-trailer over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for prosecution.

Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.

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December 14, 2017