Update: $7 million pot bust; largest in Arizona history

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Update: $7 million pot bust; largest in Arizona history

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Image Credit: Nogales International

CBP officers stand guard over the pot load on Tuesday at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, one of the busiest ports of entry in the United States.

 

Nogales, Ariz. (KSWT News 13) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Port of Entry busted a man driving a tractor with a shipment of marijuana worth up to $12 million.

CBP tells KSWT News 13 this breaks the record for any single narcotics bust at a border crossing in Arizona. 

At a news conference Tuesday, CBP officers showed the seven tons of marijuana that were seized on January 15.

The bust happened after CBP officers asked a 26-year-old man from Sonora, Mexico, who was driving a tractor-trailer, to go through secondary inspection at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales.

The commercial truck crossing point is one of the busiest ports of entry in the United States.

Inside the trailer, officers found steel containers hiding 600 bales of marijuana wrapped in plastic.

The drugs weighed a total of 14,151 pounds. 

CBP says their previous largest marijuana bust at an Arizona border crossing was about 12,000 pounds in 2010.

The driver of the truck is in federal custody. His name hasn't been released.

 

 

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