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Officers seize $8.5 million in marijuana

Posted at 2:59 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 06:55:49-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV)  - More than $8.5 million in marijuana was seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers from a Mexican national at the Port of Nogales on Friday, February 12.

Officers found the drugs- approximately 17,060 pounds- within six palletized boxes identified as aircraft parts in a tractor-trailer, according to a press release.

Officers seized the entire shipment and referred Gerardo Cruz, 23, of Sonora, Mexico to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

"This seizure represents the second largest marijuana interception in Arizona’s port history; the most significant marijuana seizure was more than 20,000 pounds in November of 2013," said Nogales Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez.