Nogales CBP nabs another multi-million-dollar pot load
In what's become a monthly occurrence this year, Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a multi-million-dollar load of marijuana in a semi-trailer.
On Thursday, a drug dog at the Mariposa Commercial Facility led officers to discover 9,000 pounds of marijuana, worth around $4.5 million, stashed among boxes filled with pumps and components, said Rob Daniels, a CBP spokesman.
The driver, identified only as a 59-year old man from Guaymas, Son., was arrested by CBP officers, and later handed over to agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
In February, agents at the Mariposa Commercial Facility discovered 17,000 pounds of marijuana, worth $8.5 million hidden among a load of aircraft parts, the second-largest haul in Arizona history.
In March, CBP officers found 5,700 pounds of marijuana stashed among boxes of cucumbers, and nearly 13,000 pounds hidden among a load of "pump components."
In April, a semi-trailer loaded with watermelons also included 14,800 pounds of marijuana.