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CBP: Drug dog sniffs out nearly 7 tons in pot in bell pepper load

A drug dog sniffed out nearly 7 tons of marijuana, worth an estimated $6.85 million, hidden among a load of bell peppers, one of two large seizures made by Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers on Saturday. 

CBP officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility arrested the driver of a semi-tractor trailer after a narcotics-detection canine led officers to discover more than 13,700 pounds of marijuana mingled among a load of bell peppers, said Rob Daniels, a CBP spokesman. 

The driver, identified only as a 46-year-old Mexican man was arrested, said Daniels. 

Later that evening, CBP officers at the Dennis DecConcini Port of Entry arrested a 29-year-old Mexican man after a drug dog alerted to the presence of drugs in his Ford SUV. CBP officers found 34 pounds of cocaine, worth nearly $386,000 hidden in the vehicle's back seats, said Daniels. 

The drugs and vehicles were seized, and both men were handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Daniels said. 

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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Nogales-area U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly 7 tons of marijuana, worth $6.85 million in the back of a semi-tractor trailer on Saturday.