760 Pounds of Marijuana Seized in Nogales, AZ

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped three marijuana smuggling attempts at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona.

A canine sniff alerted to the presence of narcotics in a Ford truck driven by a 53-year-old female Mexican citizen. A search below the truck’s bed revealed a custom made, hidden compartment containing a quantity of marijuana valued at almost $131,000.

Later that evening, a second Ford truck, driven by a 22-year-old U.S. citizen, was also found to contain a custom made, hidden compartment below the truck’s bed. With the assistance of a canine sniff, a quantity of marijuana valued at $148,000 was discovered inside the compartment.

Canine was called in once again for a Dodge SUV driven by a 65-year-old U.S. citizen. Following a positive alert for the presence of narcotics, over 200 pounds of marijuana were discovered to be concealed inside the vehicle’s doors, roof, and gas tank.

All 3 subjects were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. Their narcotics and vehicles were seized.

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