CBP agents bust two smugglers with weed and meth worth more than $2 million

TWO MEXICAN NATIONALS ARRESTED AFTER K-9 NARCOTICS TEAMS FOUND HIDDEN DOPE

NOGALES — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales commercial crossing have seized a total of nearly 3,300 pounds of marijuana and methamphetamine since Tuesday with a street value of about $2.5 million.

A 35-year-old Mexican national driving a semitruck at the Mariposa crossing Tuesday afternoon was referred for secondary inspection. Officers then located 190 bundles of marijuana weighing 2,900 pounds concealed within a shipment of charcoal.

That marijuana shipment had an estimated street value of $1.5 million, said a CBP release.

The following day a 48-year-old Mexican national driving a semitruck with an empty trailer was arrested, after a K-9 inspecting the trailer indicated the presence of narcotics. Officers found more than 300 packages of methamphetamine within a floor compartment. The drugs weighed more than 360 pounds, with an estimated street value of more than $1 million.

Both drivers were remanded to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

The semitrucks were seized.

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