Drugs hidden in jalapenos and Honda seized

A 34-year-old Mexican national was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the seizure of nearly 3,300 pounds of marijuana found in a tractor-trailer at the Nogales, Arizona commercial port facility.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred the Nogales, Sonora, Mexico resident for an additional inspection of the Freightliner tractor-trailer he was driving when he attempted to enter the U.S. During the inspection, a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside the shipment of canned jalapenos. Officers found more than 2,000 cans filled with marijuana.

The shipment and tractor-trailer were processed for seizure. The unidentified driver was referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

On Saturday, two Mexican men were arrested at the Mariposa, Arizona port of entry in connection with separate failed attempts to smuggle narcotics.

Joel Amador-De Los Santos, 33, was arrested after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer discovered 10 packages of methamphetamine, weighing nearly 13 pounds, in the gas tank of his Chevrolet truck. The estimated value of the seizure was more than $198,000.

Jose Nicolas Plascencia-Gonzalez, 51, was arrested after a CBP service canine alerted to the dashboard of his Honda sedan where officers located 14 packages of narcotics. The drugs consisted of nearly 14 pounds of methamphetamine, more than two pounds of heroin, and more than five pounds of cocaine. The drugs’ combined values exceed $291,000.

In both incidents, the drugs and vehicles were seized. Amador and Plascencia were referred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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