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Nogales agents nab 3rd ton-sized load of pot in a month

For the third time in under just under a month, Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales seized nearly a ton of marijuana stashed in the roof liner of a tractor-trailer carrying produce.

On Tuesday, officers at the Mariposa Commercial port arrested Ramon Emilio Felix-Lopez, 57, from Guasave, Sinaloa, after a drug dog alerted them to a shipment of mangoes, authorities said. 

Officers found nearly 1,700 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $847,000 stashed in the trailer's roof liner, the agency said in a press release. 

This latest find was the smallest of the three smuggling attempts made since May 23. 

On June 2, officers at the port found 1,945 pounds of marijuana, worth around $972,000 hidden in the roof of a tractor-trailer carrying produce. 

Ten days earlier officers found 1,992 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $996,000 hidden in another trailer. 

The drugs and truck were seized, and Felix-Lopez was handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the release said.

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Around 1,700 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $847,000, found stashed in the roof liner of a tractor-trailer carrying mangoes Tuesday.