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Nogales CBP officers intercept 5 tons of marijuana

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than 10,000 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $5 million in a tractor-trailer on Wednesday, authorities said. 

The driver, identified only as a 23-year old Mexican man from Nogales, Sonora, was arrested after a drug dog led officers to discover the marijuana hidden in a shipment of vacuum pump parts, said Rob Daniels, a CBP spokesman. 

The seizure is the eighth largest marijuana seizure by CBP's Tucson Field office, said Daniels. 

This comes on the heels of the second largest methamphetamine seizure ever made by the office, which was discovered by a drug dog on November 23 in a load of Chinese vegetables. 

Officers seized the drugs and semi-trailer, and turned man over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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More than 5 tons of marijuana discovered by Nogales-area CBP officers in a tractor-trailer loaded with vacuum pump parts on Wednesday.