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CBP Officers Seize $1.6 Million Pot-load at Local Port

Release Date: 
October 2, 2012

Nogales, Ariz. - A male Mexican national attempting to deliver farm equipment and commercial-sized spools of wire into the United States through the Nogales Commercial Facility was selected for a secondary inspection of his cargo Friday. During inspection, Customs and Border Protection officers discovered more than $1.6 million worth of marijuana hidden inside the wire spools.

Metal boxes contained $1.6 million dollars worth of marijuana, seized by CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz.

Metal boxes contained $1.6 million dollars worth of marijuana, seized by CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz.

The truck shipment was inspected using a non-intrusive x-ray that revealed irregularities within the spools, prompting an off- load of the wire for further inspection. Officers then drilled into the spools and found each contained metal boxes filled with a total of nearly 3,300 pounds of marijuana. The contraband, tractor-trailer and equipment were processed for seizure. The driver was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

"This seizure is the direct result of the meticulous work of our CBP officers," said Nogales Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez. "The officer's dedication in protecting America's frontline prevented the contraband from ending up in our communities."

CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz. seize 3,300 pounds of marijuana from within wire spools.

CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz. seize 3,300 pounds of marijuana from within wire spools.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017