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Arizona: 200+ Pounds of Marijuana Busted at the Border

August 9, 2017

 (Photo Credit - U.S. CBP)


Last Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port in Douglas, Arizona, busted a Mexican national with more than 200 pounds of cannabis.


Related: U.S. Customs Finds 600+ Pounds of Hidden Marijuana


Late Thursday evening, a CBP narcotics-detection dog alerted officers to a Ford truck driven by a 56-year-old man. Officers removed just under 207 pounds of marijuana hidden throughout the vehicle, including within the seats and engine compartment.


Related: Customs Busts a Whole Hearse Full of Weed


According to the marijuana reform advocacy group NORML, trafficking of more than 2 pounds of marijuana is a felony punishable by imprisonment terms of up to 12.5 years. As for federal law, there is a federally imposed minimum prison sentence of 5 years or more. 


Related: State Legislator Group Urges De-Scheduling of Marijuana


U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers seized the drugs, which they are estimating to be worth more than $103,000. Additionally, CBP agents seized the man's vehicle. After arresting the man for drug smuggling, he was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.


Related: U.S. Customs Seizes Nearly 1000 Lbs. of Cannabis


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