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Naco CBP Officers Seize $79K in Marijuana

Release Date: 
February 3, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. – Two Mexican nationals were arrested in separate incidents Jan. 28 for attempting to smuggle a combined 157 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Naco.

Officers remove 109 pounds of marijuana from the spare tire of a smuggling vehicle

Officers remove 109 pounds of marijuana from the spare tire of a smuggling vehicle.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a Ford truck, driven by a 35-year-old woman, for further inspection and found 74 packages of marijuana valued at approximately $54,500. Officers assisted by a CBP narcotics-detection canine located 109 pounds of marijuana within compartments built into the vehicle’s doors, rear seats and spare tire.

A few hours earlier, officers referred a 26-year-old man for a further search of his Chrysler sedan and found 48 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $24,000, in the vehicle’s trunk.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and referred both subjects to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017