Almost 250 pounds of pot found in smuggling attempts

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NOGALES - The following is a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection screening travelers entering the country at the? Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales on Saturday seized more than 242 pounds of marijuana in three separate incidents, arresting three Mexican citizens in connection with the failed smuggling attempts.

The first interception happened at a little after 10:00 a.m. when officers became suspicious of a 47-year-old man from Hermosillo, Mexico during routine questioning.? The man was referred for an intensive inspection of his vehicle, a 1995 Dodge pickup, by additional CBP officers and a CBP narcotics detector dog.? After the dog alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle, CBP officers discovered a compartment that held 101 packages of marijuana, weighing almost 148 pounds.

The second interception happened just after 5:30 p.m. when officers referred a 17-year-old driving a 1993 Buick LeSabre in for an inspection. After another CBP narcotics detector dog alerted to narcotics odor, officers discovered 23 packages of marijuana hidden in the doors of the car.? Officers seized more than 45 pounds of the illicit drug.

The third interception happened at around 8:15 p.m, when officers searching a 2005 Ford Fiesta discovered 25 packages of marijuana hidden inside the roof of the vehicle.? Officers seized almost 50 pounds of marijuana and arrested the driver, a 34-year-old man.

All three drivers were arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.