Border Patrol discovers 800 pounds of meth hidden in truckload of produce, pickles; seizure sets record for Arizona port of entry

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Meth Seizure at Port of Nogales
Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol at Arizona’s Port of Nogales entry point discovered approximately 800 pounds of methamphetamine and 9 pounds of fentanyl hidden in the back of a tractor-trailer. (Courtesy: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)

TUSCON, Ariz. — Officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) at the Port of Nogales’ commercial facility on Friday, Oct. 2, made the largest methamphetamine load seizure in Arizona’s port history.

The discovery was made during an inspection of a tractor-trailer, driven by a 58-year-old man from Mexico. Inside the trailer, which was packed with bell peppers, cucumbers and pickles. CBP officers noticed anomalies throughout the floor of the trailer; further investigation revealed a non-factory floor compartment containing nearly 650 packages of drugs. Inside the packages were approximately 800 pounds of methamphetamine and 9 pounds of fentanyl with a value of nearly $2 million.

Area Port Director Michael Humphries commended the staff at the Nogales Mariposa Cargo Facility for this record-breaking drug seizure.

“This is an enormous amount of very dangerous hard narcotics that Nogales Cargo Officers prevented from reaching communities throughout the United States,” he noted.

This is the second drug seizure of this magnitude in less than three months.

Federal law allows officers to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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