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By Nathan O'Neal

Nogales, Ariz. (KVOA) - Federal authorities say they have made one of the largest marijuana busts ever along the U.S.-Mexico Border at the Mariposa Port of Entry.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials say a man tried to drive a commercial truck across the Nogales border crossing on January 15.

More than 14,000 pounds of marijuana were found, disguised in boxes to look like metal appliances or electronics, after several "red flags" prompted authorities to stop and inspect the truck.

The estimated street value for the seized drugs is $7-12 million, making it the largest marijuana seizure Arizona's border with Mexico has ever seen.

"The officers identified some red flags in information, both in the electronic information sent in advance and in the documented information provided by the driver," said Nogales Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez.

Read more at KVOA


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