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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $7.4M in Marijuana

Release Date: 
April 22, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility in Nogales, Arizona, seized $7.4 million in marijuana – approximately 14,800 pounds – from a Mexican national April 21 when he attempted to enter the United States.

CBP officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility in Nogales seized more than 14,800 pounds of marijuana that was co-mingled within a watermelon shipment coming into the United States

CBP officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility in Nogales seized more than 14,800 pounds of marijuana that was co-mingled within a watermelon shipment coming into the United States

After an alert by a CBP narcotics-detection canine, officers found the drugs co-mingled within a shipment of watermelons in a tractor-trailer driven by a 51-year-old driver from Nogales, 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 incident represents the third largest such seizure of marijuana at an Arizona port of entry.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017