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More than Just Veggies: CBP Seizes 4,522 Pounds of Marijuana

Release Date: 
December 1, 2009

Nogalez, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Nogales port of entry seized a tractor trailer containing 4,522 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana was commingled with a shipment of bell peppers and cucumbers. The estimated street value of the illicit drug is $10.8 million.

On Monday afternoon, CBP officers working the Mariposa cargo facility selected a shipment of bell peppers and cucumbers that originated in Sinaloa, Mexico and was destined to Nogales, Ariz. Officers referred the tractor trailer for an intensive inspection.

Bundles of marijuana are discovered in a shipment of bell peppers and cucumbers.

Bundles of marijuana are discovered in a shipment of bell peppers and cucumbers.

During the inspection, CBP officers noticed an anomaly while they were scanning the tractor trailer through their mobile x-ray unit. A CBP narcotic detection dog was utilized to search the shipment which resulted in a positive alert for the presence of narcotics.

The shipment of bell peppers and cucumbers was offloaded. Officers inspected the commodity and discovered packages commingled with the vegetables. Officers removed total of 184 bales that contained marijuana.

The 21-year-old driver, who is a citizen of Mexico, was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and processing.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017