U.S. Custom and Border Protection agents stop thousands of pounds of narcotics from crossing the border. Smugglers have come up with unique and creative ways to evade detection, including sneaking drugs through air-powered cannons and hidden in food.
Officers at the Nogales border crossing seized more than $7.2 million worth of cocaine and marijuana in two separate incidents on Saturday, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
A 46-year-old Mexican man was arrested after officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility at the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales referred his tractor trailer carrying bell peppers for further inspection on Saturday, the department said in a statement.
A narcotics detection canine alerted officers to a stash of more than 13,700 pounds of marijuana that was co-mingled with the produce, officials said.
The marijuana is estimated to be worth $6.85 million, according to the statement.
Later Saturday, a 29-year-old Mexican man was arrested at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing in Nogales after a narcotics-detection canine helped officers locate more than 34 pounds of cocaine hidden in the back seats of the man’s Ford SUV.
The drugs were estimated to be worth nearly $386,000, according to the department.
The drugs and vehicles were seized, and both men were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
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