$1M of marijuana found in peppers shipment

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

NOGALES, Ariz. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of Nogales Commercial Facility seized more than 2,300 pounds of marijuana Friday from inside a tractor-trailer attempting to enter the United States.

The marijuana has a street value of nearly $1.16 million, according to federal officials.

The driver, a 27-year-old Mexican national, was arrested in connection with the seizure.

Officers referred the Nogales, Sonora, Mexico resident for an additional inspection of the Freightliner tractor-trailer he was driving when he attempted to enter the United States. After a routine inspection of the shipment, a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in the shipment. A total of 99 bundles of marijuana were co-mingled with the peppers.

The drugs, produce and tractor-trailer were processed for seizure. The unidentified driver was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.