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Nogales CBP Officers Seize Pot Shipment

Release Date: 
March 29, 2012

NOGALES, ARIZ.—Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office seized more than 1,800 pounds of marijuana Wednesday night. The marijuana, hidden in a shipment of cucumbers, was worth more than $900,000.

CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz. seized more than 1,800 pounds of marijuana.

CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz. seized more than 1,800 pounds of marijuana.

Nogales CBP officers referred a 27-year-old male Mexican national for a non-intrusive X-ray inspection of his tractor-trailer when he attempted to enter the United States through the Mariposa Commercial Port. The X-ray operator noticed an anomaly in the shipment of cucumbers, which led to a physical inspection and the discovery of 224 bundles of marijuana co-mingled with the produce. The drugs and tractor-trailer were processed for seizure. The driver was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Marijuana co-mingled with shipment of cucumbers is seized by CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz.

Marijuana co-mingled with shipment of cucumbers is seized by CBP officers in Nogales, Ariz.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017