November 19, 2013
A tractor-trailer carrying a load of squash from Hermosillo, Sonora was also carrying the largest load of marijuana seized on Arizona’s border with Mexico, officials said Tuesday.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer stands guard in front of more than 20,000 pounds of seized marijuana at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales. Officials estimate the 10 tons of pot has a $10 million street value
The pot – 881 bundles weighing 20,375 pounds – was seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working the Mariposa commercial facility in Nogales on Wednesday.
The record-setting bust comes 10 months after officers confiscated 14,000 pounds of marijuana in January, then a record amount for the state, officials said Tuesday at a news conference to announce the bust. In the latest incident, Pedro Corona-Moreno, 32, a trucker from Hermosillo, was referred for a routine inspection of his load of produce as he was entering the Arizona. When the shipment was offloaded, a drug dog alerted to the presence of marijuana, according to a CBP news release. The tractor-trailer, drugs and produce were processed for seizure. Corona-Moreno was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.