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CBP nabs $2.5M in meth & marijuana from semis in Nogales

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly 3,300 pounds of marijuana and methamphetamine worth nearly $2.5 million from two semi-tractor trailers since Tuesday, authorities said. 

On Tuesday afternoon, officers at the Mariposa commercial border crossing arrested a 35-year-old man from Mexico after they discovered nearly $1.5 million in marijuana stashed in the trailer he was driving. A drug dog led officers to find 190 bundles of marijuana, weighing more than 2,900 pounds, concealed in a shipment of charcoal, said Rob Daniels, a CBP spokesman.

The next day, officers at the commercial truck crossing arrested the driver of another semi-tractor trailer after they discovered more than 300 packages of methamphetamine hidden in a floor compartment. Officers arrested the driver, identified only as a 48-year-old Mexican man, after a drug dog alerted to drugs, and led them to more than 360 pounds of meth worth nearly $1.1 million, Daniels said. 

Officers seized the tractor-trailers and the drugs, while both men were handed over to Homeland Security Investigations, a part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

Over the weekend, Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly 350 pounds of "hard drugs"— including heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and "suspected" fentanyl — worth $4.4 million, during three separate incidents over the weekend. 

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A package of marijuana found inside a shipment of charcoal, one of 190 bundles found stashed inside a semi-tractor trailer worth an estimated $1.5 million.