Border authorities seize more than $7.2 million in drugs - Tucson News Now

Border authorities seize more than $7.2 million in drugs

Border authorities seized more than $7.2 million in drugs. (Source: US Customs and Border Protection) Border authorities seized more than $7.2 million in drugs. (Source: US Customs and Border Protection)
Border authorities seized more than $7.2 million in drugs. (Source: US Customs and Border Protection) Border authorities seized more than $7.2 million in drugs. (Source: US Customs and Border Protection)
NOGALES, AZ (AP) -

Authorities say more than 13,700 pounds of marijuana hidden in a tractor trailer with a load of bell peppers has been seized in southern Arizona.

Officials with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Nogales say the marijuana had an estimated value of more than $6.85 million.

The big rig underwent a secondary inspection Saturday at the Mariposa Commercial Facility.

CBP officers searched the semi with the help of a drug-sniffing canine and found the marijuana hidden among the bell peppers.

On Saturday night, officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing used a drug-sniffing dog to search a suspicious SUV.

They reported finding more than 34 pounds of cocaine hidden in the truck's back seats.

Authorities say the cocaine had an estimated value of $386,000.

The narcotics and vehicles were seized, and both subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation.

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