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Nogales CBP officers make 2nd-largest meth seizure ever in Tucson area

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers made the second largest seizure of methamphetamine in the Tucson Field's Office's history last week when they found more than 350 pounds of the drug worth just over $1 million in a shipment of Chinese vegetables, authorities said. 

On Nov. 23, CBP officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility arrested the driver of a semi-truck, identified only as a 51-year-old Mexican man from Obregon, Sonora, after a drug dog led them to discover meth stashed beneath the floor of the trailer, said Rob Daniels, a CBP spokesman. 

Two days later, CBP officers at the Mariposa crossing seized another large load of drugs, this time nearly 1,600 pounds of marijuana worth more than $800,000 stuffed into the roof of an empty trailer. 

The driver of that vehicle, a 37-year old Mexican man from Nogales, Sonora, was arrested, Daniels said. 

The drugs and tractor-trailers were seized, and the men were handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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Bags of methamphetamine found stashed beneath the floor of a semi-trailer by Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers on Nov. 23.