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Nogales CBP Officers Seize $847K in Marijuana

Release Date: 
June 17, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility seized $847,000 in marijuana – nearly 1,700 pounds – from a Mexican national Monday when he attempted to enter the United States through the Port of Nogales.

CBP officers at the Mariposa Cargo Facility searched a shipment of mangoes, after nearly 1,700 pounds of marijuana were discovered within the roof of the trailer containing the produce.

CBP officers at the Mariposa Cargo Facility searched a shipment of mangoes, after nearly 1,700 pounds of marijuana were discovered within the roof of the trailer containing the produce.

Officers discovered more than 274 packages of marijuana within the roof of a tractor-trailer driven by Ramon Emilio Felix-Lopez, 57, from Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico, following an alert by a CBP narcotics-detection canine.

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

Tuesday’s seizure represents the fourth such find in just over the past month. In each of the previous shipments, the drugs were either co-mingled within melons or hidden within the roofs of the trailers.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017