Bundled marijuana was found by officers at the Naco crossing in the tires of a pickup truck driven by a Sells woman.

courtesy of Customs and Border Protection

A 33-year-old woman from Sells was arrested Wednesday on charges she attempted to smuggle more than 180 pounds of marijuana into the United States through the Port of Naco.

Customs and Border Protection officers apprehended the woman after a CBP drug dog alerted to the presence of drugs in the tires of her Dodge pickup, the agency said in a news release.

Officers found packages of marijuana in the tires valued in excess of $81,000.

The drugs and truck were seized. The woman was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Smugglers found using storm drain

In a separate incident Tuesday night, officers with a tunnel smuggling task force arrested a Mexican man and two juveniles in Nogales after catching them using the city’s storm drain system to smuggle marijuana, according to a news release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Ruben Borboa-Ibarra, 23, is facing federal smuggling charges. The two juveniles were not charged and were turned over to the Border Patrol.

Task-force officers found more than 38 pounds of marijuana.

According to a federal complaint, officers searching an area west of downtown Nogales heard voices inside the city’s storm drain system. They later saw two people walking up a nearby hill carrying large burlap bags.

Officers stopped the two juveniles and found Borboa-Ibarra hiding in a shed nearby, according to a news release from ICE.

The three were covered in mud, were wearing headlamps and smelled of raw sewage, the release said.

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