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$3M in marijuana seized at Az border crossings

 U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at border crossings in Nogales and San Luis seized more than 6,000 pounds of marijuana — worth an estimated $3.1 million — stashed inside two semi-tractor trailers in separate incidents over the last week, authorities said.

Over the weekend, officers at the Mariposa commercial facility seized more than 4,100 pounds of marijuana found stashed inside a shipment of sheet metal, said Rob Daniels, a CBP spokesman. 

The driver, identified only as a 45-year-old Mexican national, was arrested by CBP officers after a drug dog led them to discover nearly 600 bundles of marijuana, hidden in a custom compartment stashed among a large roll of steel sheets. Officials estimated the value of the drugs around $2.1 million, Daniels said. 

On Wednesday, CBP officers at the border crossing in San Luis, Arizona seized nearly 2,000 pounds of marijuana in the back of a semi-tractor trailer and arrested the driver, Daniels said. 

The driver, identified only as a 26-year-old Mexican man from San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, was arrested after a drug dog led officers to discover nearly 170 packages of marijuana — worth around $998,000 — hidden in the roof of the trailer, said Daniels. 

The trailer was empty, Daniels said. 

In both cases, officers seized the drugs and the semi-tractor trailer, and the drivers were handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Daniels said. 

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Rolls of sheet metal that contained a stash of 4,100 pounds of marijuana, found over the weekend by Nogales ports officers.