Nogales officers make 3rd-largest pot seizure in Az history
Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales made the third largest seizure in Arizona history when they found 12,397 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $6.2 million hidden among mechanical components in the back of a tractor-trailer Wednesday.
Officers arrested Silvestre Tomas Camez-Mendoza, 39, of Nogales, Son., after a drug dog led agents to discover 534 bales of marijuana inside cardboard boxes along with "varied pump components," according to a release from the agency.
This follows a seizure of $1.2 million worth of marijuana made on Tuesday in Nogales, bringing the week's haul to 14,900 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $7.4 million.
The largest seizure in Arizona came in November 2013 when officers found 20,375 pounds of marijuana, with a seizure in January of 14,121 pounds picking up second place.
Nogales Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez celebrated the seizure in a press release.
“Our personnel are the best at what they do,” he said. “The attention to detail that is necessary to make these type of seizures is incredible. In addition to their expertise and dedication to duty, the latest in technology helps to prevent illicit cargo from entering the U.S. and our communities, while also facilitating legitimate trade and travel.”
The truck and drugs were seized and the Camez-Mendoza was handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.