Suspects use trucks to hide & smuggle $156K in marijuana

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DOUGLAS, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Douglas, Arizona, arrested two Mexican nationals and seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana in separate smuggling attempts Wednesday.

Officers referred a Chevy truck driven by a 35-year-old man for further inspection that morning. Subsequently, a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the vehicle, which led officers to discover more than 274 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $137,000, hidden throughout the truck.

That afternoon, officers referred a Ford truck driven by a 64-year-old man for an additional inspection. A canine alerted officers to search the spare tire beneath the truck bed, where they removed nearly 38 pounds of marijuana, worth almost $19,000.

Officers seized the drugs and both trucks.

After arresting the subjects for drug smuggling, both men were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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