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Feds seize $1.9 million of meth and weed at the Arizona border

December 6, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds seize $1.9 million of meth and weed at the Arizona border

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Agents with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized intercepted close to $1.9 million in marijuana and methamphetamine at the Arizona border with Mexico.

Federal officers working at the Mariposa Commercial Facility in the Tucson Sector prevented two drug smuggling attempts and recovered almost one ton of drugs. The endeavored drug smuggling occurred at the Nogales Port of Entry, CBP officials said in a statement.

A K-9 officer alerted to the possible presence of drugs on November 23rd in the back of a tractor-trailer driven by a Mexican native.

The meth was seized by border agents in Arizona Image provided by CBP

The meth was seized by border agents in Arizona Image provided by CBP

An inspection of the vehicle revealed more than 300 bundles containing what agents believed to be meth. The cargo was concealed by a mass of Chinese vegetables and was buried in the floor of the tractor trailer.

The cargo was concealed by a mass of Chinese vegetables and was buried in the floor of the tractor trailer.

After the drugs had been tested, officials concluded that the shipment contained more than 350 pounds of meth, making it the 2nd biggest meth seizure by CBP officers in the Tucson Field Office. The drugs had an approximated street value of $1.06 million.

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The bust as the second largest ever made at the Tuscon sector

The 51-year-old man from Obregon, Sonora, Mexico was apprehended, and the drugs and tractor-trailer were seized.

Two days after the incident, another K-9 officer signaled to the presence of drugs in an empty trailer being driven from Mexico across the Arizona border.

Agents searched the trailer and discovered over 1,600 pounds of weed concealed in the roof of the trailer.

The 37-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico was arrested, and the pot is believed to have an estimated street value of more than $800,000.

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