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Douglas, Nogales border officers seize $3.2 M in pot

Over the weekend, Customs and Border Protection officers have seized more than $3.2 million in marijuana and arrested five in multiple incidents of drug smuggling, authorities said. 

In Nogales, a drug dog led officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility to discover 5,079 pounds of marijuana worth $2.5 million hidden in boxes marked as aircraft parts in semi-tractor trailer, said Customs and Border Protection in a news release. 

Officers arrested the driver Jaime Alfonso Valdez-Yocupicio, 40, from Nogales, Son., CBP said. 

The same day, officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas arrested three and seized more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana in multiple seizures. 

On Friday, officers arrested a Mexican truck driver after they found nearly 1,160 pounds of marijuana worth $580,000 hidden in the trailer he was hauling. 

Ruben Garcia-Lujan, 53, from Chihuahua, was arrested after a drug dog alerted to the drugs in a trailer containing scrap metal. 

Later that day, officers arrested two people when they found marijuana hidden in the gas tanks of their vehicles, CBP said.

Officers arrested an unnamed 17-year-old boy from Agua Prieta, Son., after a drug dog alerted to his Ford truck, and they found 50 pounds of marijuana worth around $25,000 concealed in the gas tank.

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A Mexican national, Norma Martinez de Garcia, 41, was arrested at nearly the same time, when officers found 165 pounds of marijuana worth $82,500 in the gas tank of her Chrysler minivan, CBP said.

On Saturday, officers arrested another 17-year old, this time from Douglas after they found nearly 66 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $33,000 in the doors and rear axle of the Chevrolet sedan he was driving.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned all five over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, CBP said. 

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Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican truck driver Friday, after they found packages of marijuana in barrels among a load of scrap metal found Friday in his trailer. The man was one of four arrested for smuggling over the weekend, and officers seized nearly 1,400 pounds of marijuana.