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CBP Officers Seize more than $146K in Marijuana

Release Date: 
September 25, 2013

CALEXICO, CALIF.—Two people have been arrested since Saturday in separate incidents for attempting to smuggle a combined 326 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Nogales.


Marijuana packages are concealed within the seats of a smuggling vehicle.

Marijuana packages are concealed within the seats of a smuggling vehicle.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 22-year-old Douglas man for further inspection of his Dodge truck when he attempted to cross through the Mariposa Port on Tuesday. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle, officers located 55 packages of marijuana within the diesel fuel tank. More than 224 pounds of marijuana was seized - worth in excess of $100,000.

The earlier seizure took place Saturday when officers arrested a 42-year-old Tucson woman after a CBP canine alerted to marijuana within the floor of a Chevrolet sedan. The compartment contained 22 packages of marijuana weighing more than 102 pounds and valued in excess of $46,000.

Both subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles were seized.

Individuals arrested may be charged by complaint, the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017