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Driver Caught at Border With $1.67M Worth of Pot

Release Date: 
October 1, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. — A Mexican man was arrested on Sept. 30 at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle more than 3,300 pounds of marijuana into the United States. 

After discovering a false front wall inside of a tractor trailer, officers discovered more than 3,300 pounds of marijuana.

After discovering a false front wall inside of a tractor trailer, officers discovered more than 3,300 pounds of marijuana.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa commercial facility in Nogales, Arizona referred a 24-year-old man from Navolato, Sinaloa, Mexico for additional inspection of a tractor-trailer he was driving. A scan of the vehicle revealed an anomaly in the trailer, which led officers to the discovery of 145 bales of marijuana concealed behind a false front wall. Officers estimated the marijuana’s vale at nearly $1,670,000.

Officers processed the drugs and truck for seizure, and referred the driver to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017