$4.4 million in narcotics found in 2 days on Arizona-Mexico border

2013-03-15T08:59:00Z $4.4 million in narcotics found in 2 days on Arizona-Mexico borderKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 15, 2013 8:59 am  • 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Nogales Ports of Entry seized more than $4.4 million in narcotics in two days this week.

Combined, the seizures amount to more than four tons of narcotics.

A ton of marijuana worth more than $1 million was found March 12 in shipment of bell peppers. Officers arrested the driver of the tractor-trailer.

Wednesday the Mexican driver of a tractor-trailer was arrested at the Nogales Commercial Facility when he attempted to enter the United States with more than three tons of marijuana in containers labeled as vacuum pumps and lamp holders.

Officers referred the 33-year-old driver for a secondary inspection, using a commercial X-ray system, of his tractor-trailer and detected an anomaly. After a CBP narcotics detection canine was brought in and alerted to the presence of drugs, officers found 6,219 pounds of marijuana worth more than $3.1 million

In an unrelated incident Wednesday, officers at the Mariposa Port arrested Gilberto Vasquez Govea, 31, of Nogales, Sonora, for attempting to smuggle nearly 17 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $263,252. Officers found the drugs under the rear seat of his Chevrolet SUV.

In all three incidents, the drugs and vehicles were seized. The subjects were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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