Load of bell peppers used to disguise millions in marijuana - Tucson News Now

Load of bell peppers used to disguise millions in marijuana

Officers located more than 13,700 pounds of marijuana co-mingled with a shipment of bell peppers. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Officers located more than 13,700 pounds of marijuana co-mingled with a shipment of bell peppers. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Officers located more than 34 pounds of cocaine within the back seats of a smuggling vehicle. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Officers located more than 34 pounds of cocaine within the back seats of a smuggling vehicle. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Nogales seized more than $7.2 million in marijuana and cocaine on Saturday, May 13 according to a recent release. 

A tractor trailer carrying a load of bell peppers was pulled for secondary inspection on Saturday, at the Mariposa Commercial Facility.  CBP officers searched the semi, with the help of a drug sniffing canine, and discovered more than 13,700 pounds of marijuana that was hidden among the produce.  According to the release the bundles were worth an estimated $6.85 million.  

CRIME COVERAGE: The KOLD News 13 mugshots of the month are available HERE.

In a second separate incident on Saturday night, CBP officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing pulled a Ford SUV for a closer inspection.  According to the release, a drug sniffing dog assisted officers in locating more than 34 pounds of cocaine that had been hidden in the truck's back seats.  The drugs were worth an estimated $386,000.  

Both the drugs and vehicles were seized, while the two suspects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. 

MOBILE USERS: Download our app on your Apple and Android devices.

Copyright 2017 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • College student arrested; tried to trade chicken Alfredo, Sprite for sex

    College student arrested; tried to trade chicken Alfredo, Sprite for sex

    Thursday, December 14 2017 9:52 AM EST2017-12-14 14:52:41 GMT

    Youngstown State University student Albert Maruna was caught red-handed and arrested this week after he allegedly attempted to have sex with a 15-year-old boy, who turned out to be an undercover officer.  

    Youngstown State University student Albert Maruna was caught red-handed and arrested this week after he allegedly attempted to have sex with a 15-year-old boy, who turned out to be an undercover officer.  

  • The Latest: States warming up net-neutrality lawsuits

    The Latest: States warming up net-neutrality lawsuits

    Thursday, December 14 2017 12:25 PM EST2017-12-14 17:25:09 GMT
    Thursday, December 14 2017 3:45 PM EST2017-12-14 20:45:46 GMT
    The Latest: Clyburn blasts FCC net neutrality repeal.
    The Latest: Clyburn blasts FCC net neutrality repeal.
  • Report: 3 women accuse music mogul Russell Simmons of rape

    Report: 3 women accuse music mogul Russell Simmons of rape

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 7:14 PM EST2017-12-14 00:14:28 GMT
    Thursday, December 14 2017 12:45 PM EST2017-12-14 17:45:43 GMT
    Russell Simmons arrives at Universal Music Group's 2017 Grammy After Party at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for UMG/AP Images)Russell Simmons arrives at Universal Music Group's 2017 Grammy After Party at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for UMG/AP Images)

    Three women have told the New York Times that music mogul Russell Simmons raped them.

    Three women have told the New York Times that music mogul Russell Simmons raped them.

Powered by Frankly