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US Border Patrol seizes record amount of methamphetamine at Nogales port

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection Photo)

PHOENIX – United States border agents recently seized a record amount of methamphetamine at the Port of Nogales, according to a release.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found nearly 650 packages of drugs Friday, concealed in an altered floor of a tractor trailer driven by a 58-year-old Mexican National man.

The trailer was packed with bell peppers, pickles and cucumbers.

Officers conducted a thorough inspection of the trailer floor, where they discovered approximately 800 pounds of methamphetamine and nine pounds of fentanyl.

“This is an enormous amount of very dangerous hard narcotics that Nogales cargo officers prevented from reaching communities throughout the United States,” Area Port Director Michael Humphries said in the release.

The seizure is the largest methamphetamine load in Arizona’s port history.

The drugs have an estimated value of $2 million.

According to the release, this is the second drug seizure of this magnitude in less than three months.

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