Border officers in Nogales seize record-setting load of pot

2013-11-20T00:00:00Z 2013-11-20T08:33:09Z Border officers in Nogales seize record-setting load of potArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A tractor-trailer rig 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.

The pot — 881 bundles weighing 20,375 pounds — was seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Mariposa commercial facility in Nogales on Wednesday.

The record-setting bust came 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 Arizona.

When the shipment was offloaded, a drug dog alerted officers to the presence of marijuana, according to a CBP news release.

The tractor-trailer rig, drugs and produce were seized.

Corona-Moreno was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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