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Posted Jul 2, 2015, 4:24 pm
Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa commercial border crossing in Nogales seized more than three tons of marijuana worth more than $3.2 million Wednesday. The pot was hidden in the back of a tractor-trailer, authorities said.
Officers arrested the driver, a 39-year old Mexican national, when a drug dog led officers to discover more than 140 packages, containing 6,500 pounds of marijuana, hidden in boxes containing electrical parts and components, the agency said in a press release
The drugs and the vehicle were seized, and the driver was handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
At the beginning of the summer, CBP officers in Nogales seized three ton-sized loads of marijuana in the back of tractor-trailers, starting on May 23 when officers found 1,992 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $996,000 in the roof of a tractor-trailer.
While the load was significant, it pales in comparison to a March seizure of nearly 13,000 pounds of marijuana worth $6.5 million.
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