- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Federal authorities say a Mexican man has been accused of trying to smuggle more than 3,300 pounds of marijuana into southern Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa commercial facility in Nogales referred a 24-year-old man for an additional inspection of a tractor-trailer he was driving.

A scan of the vehicle revealed an anomaly in the trailer.

That led officers to the discovery of 145 bales of marijuana concealed behind a false front wall.

Officers estimate the marijuana’s vale at about $1.6 million.

Officers processed the drugs and truck for seizure and referred the driver to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

The man is from Navolato, Sinaloa, Mexico but his name hasn’t been released.


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