10 tons of marijuana seized at Arizona border

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by The Associated Press

Video report by Steve Bodinet

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 7:19 PM

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) -- Federal officials are reporting a record seizure of marijuana at an Arizona crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials held a Tuesday afternoon news conference to provide details on the seizure of more than 10 tons of marijuana at the Mariposa port of entry on the outskirts of Nogales.

That busy crossing point is used by commercial traffic, including trucks hauling Mexican produce into the United States.

The marijuana was in a tractor-trailer load of Mexican squash.

Director of Field Operations for the Tucson Field Office, Roderick Blanchard, credits his officers' diligence.

"Our continued success is a direct reflection of the caliber of officers serving at our ports," he said. "Their dedication and commitment is unmatched."

According to the CPB, the seizure surpasses the previous record seizure in Arizona of 14,121 pounds, or slightly over 7 tons, of marijuana on Jan. 15.

The agency says the seized marijuana is valued at more than $10.1 million.

The driver, Pedro Corona-Moreno, 32, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, was arrested in connection with the seizure.

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