Nogales CBP officers seize more than $330k worth of marijuana | Crime
Two people were arrested on April 2, at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry for attempting to smuggle marijuana across the border. They were arrested in two separate incidents, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
In the first incident, a Tucson man, identified as Silvester Padilla Romero was arrested after a CBP canine alerted to possible drugs in his truck. The Chevrolet truck was searched by CBP officers, who found 110 packages and 11 loose bundles of marijuana hidden inside back panels and the toolbox. The total load of 545 pounds was worth an estimated $273,000.
A second incident led to the arrest of a Mesa woman, identified as Tasha Smith. Smith was arrested after another canine alerted to drugs in her SUV. CBP officers searched the Dodge SUV and found 16 packages of marijuana hidden inside a spare tire. The second load discovered weighed nearly 62 pounds and was valued at $31,000.
Both Romero and Smith face state charges for drug smuggling, while both vehicles and the drugs were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection for processing.