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Nogales CBP Officers Nab Marijuana Load

Release Date: 
December 19, 2011

Nogales, Ariz. - Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office seized more than a half-million dollar's worth of marijuana on Friday afternoon.

Officers at the Mariposa Cargo Facility randomly selected a tractor trailer loaded with charcoal for a non-intrusive inspection. Subsequently, a CBP narcotics detection canine was alerted to the presence of drugs inside the shipment. When the truck was brought to the dock for offload, officers located a false compartment in the front wall which contained 87 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 1,000 pounds. The drugs were processed for seizure while the 28-year-old Mexican male driver was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Some of the 1,000 pounds of marijuana located in a false compartment seized by CBP officers at Nogales.

Some of the 1,000 pounds of marijuana located in a false compartment seized by CBP officers at Nogales.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017