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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $4.5M in Marijuana

Release Date: 
May 13, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility in Nogales, Arizona, seized $4.5 million in marijuana – approximately 9,000 pounds – from a Mexican national May 12 when he attempted to enter the United States.

Nearly 9,000 pounds of marijuana were seized by CBP officers at the Maricopa Commercial Facility from a tractor trailer

Nearly 9,000 pounds of marijuana were seized by CBP officers at the Maricopa Commercial Facility from a tractor trailer

After an alert by a CBP narcotics-detection canine, officers found the drugs co-mingled within a shipment identified as pumps and components in a tractor-trailer driven by a 59-year-old man from Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico.

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

Less than a month ago, on April 21, officers at the same facility seized 14,800 pounds of marijuana worth $7.4 million; co-mingled in a shipment of watermelons.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017