Driver caught at border with $1.67M worth of pot

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

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Mexican man was arrested on Sept. 30 at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle more than 3,300 pounds of marijuana into the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa commercial facility in Nogales, Arizona referred a 24-year-old man from Navolato, Sinaloa, Mexico for additional inspection of a tractor-trailer he was driving.

A scan of the vehicle revealed an anomaly in the trailer, which led officers to the discovery of 145 bales of marijuana concealed behind a false front wall.

Officers estimated the marijuana’s vale at nearly $1,670,000.

Officers processed the drugs and truck for seizure, and referred the driver to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.