$2M in marijuana, cocaine seized in Nogales

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Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

CBP officers assigned to the Port of Nogales seized nearly 267 pounds of marijuana concealed underneath a truck bed liner.

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 6 at 4:02 PM

NOGALES, Ariz. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales recently seized more than $2 million in marijuana and cocaine.
 
Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Port referred a 33-year-old male Mexican national for further inspection of his Ford van Friday morning. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers located 33 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $300,000.
 
Later Friday, officers referred a Chrysler sedan driven by a 25-year-old Nogales, Ariz., woman for a secondary inspection at the DeConcini Port. A CBP canine alerted to more than 18 pounds of cocaine valued at more than $165,000.
 
Officers at the Mariposa Port referred a 35-year-old male Mexican national for further inspection of his Dodge truck Saturday morning. A canine located drugs and officers discovered nearly 267 pounds of marijuana worth more than $133,000 beneath the truck's bed liner.
 
Later that day, personnel at the Nogales Commercial Facility were inspecting the contents of a Volvo tractor-trailer when they located 145 marijuana bundles weighing nearly 2,800 pounds co-mingled within a shipment of wiring sets. The illegal load was valued at roughly $1.38 million.
 
Sunday evening, a 23-year-old man and 27-year-old woman from Tucson were referred for further inspection of their Dodge van as they attempted to re-enter the United States from Mexico. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs, officers removed nearly 68 pounds of marijuana worth almost $34,000.
 
All drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure. All subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

 

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