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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $162K in Marijuana

Release Date: 
June 4, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two U.S. citizens connected to separate smuggling attempts on Wednesday at the Port of Nogales.

CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing discovered 23 packages of marijuana hidden beneath the floor panels of a smuggling vehicle.

CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing discovered 23 packages of marijuana hidden beneath the floor panels of a smuggling vehicle.

Officers at the Mariposa crossing referred a 24-year-old Tucson man for a secondary vehicle inspection of his Nissan sedan. A CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, leading to the discovery of nearly 96 pounds of marijuana worth almost $48,000.

Later, officers at the Mariposa crossing referred an 18-year-old Nogales, Arizona woman for an inspection of a Buick sedan. A CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the trunk where officers found nine bundles of marijuana weighing nearly 229 pounds and worth more than $114,000.  

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

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017