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500 pound marijuana bust

By Justin Matthews, Tucson News Now Intern

NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) United States Customs and Border Protection Officers seized more than $300,000 worth of marijuana Tuesday at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry.

Silvester Padilla Romero, 42, was arrested on April 2 when a canine alerted officers to his Chevy truck. The officers found 110 packages and 11 loose bundles of marijuana in the back panels and tool box of Romero's car.  The amount of marijuana added up to more than 500 pounds with an estimated value of $273,000.

Another 16 packages were found when a canine alerted officers to 29 year-old Tasha Smith's Dodge SUV last night.  The drugs weighed 62 pounds and were placed on the inside of a spare tire.  The amount of drugs in Smith's vehicle has an estimated value of about $31,000.

The vehicles have also been seized along with the drugs.

Romero and Smith will face state charges for drug smuggling.

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