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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $2.8M in Marijuana

Release Date: 
March 3, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility in Nogales, Arizona, seized $2.8 million in marijuana – approximately 5,700 pounds – from a Mexican national March1 when he attempted to enter the United States.

Officers removed 240 bundles of marijuana from within a shipment of Italian squash that was referred for further agricultural inspection on March 1.

Officers removed 240 bundles of marijuana from within a shipment of Italian squash that was referred for further agricultural inspection on March 1.

After an alert by a CBP narcotics-detection canine, officers found the drugs co-mingled within a shipment of Italian Squash in a tractor-trailer driven by a 45-year-old driver from Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico.

Officers seized the tractor trailer and shipment. The driver was arrested and referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

The seizure comes a week after a 5,500 pound marijuana seizure at the Port of Nogales, worth an estimated $2.75M, which was identified as electronic items.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017