$1.6 Million Worth of Marijuana Found in Canned Jalapeños in Nogales, AZ

by on October 2, 2013

As a driver of a Freightliner tractor-trailer was making his way into the United States at the Nogales, Arizona port in late May, U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers decided to investigate his vehicle further.  After a CPB narcotics detection canine showed signs of a drug presence, authorities discovered $1.6 million worth of marijuana hidden in the driver’s shipment of canned jalapeños.

The 34-year-old Mexican driver was arrested and the 3,300 pounds of marijuana was processed for seizure.

Drug Trafficking in Arizona

AZ’s laws on drug trafficking state that no person shall knowingly transport for sale, import into this state, sell, transfer, or offer to do any of the aforementioned actions, any illegal drug.

Penalties for Trafficking Marijuana in AZ

A person who is convicted of transporting more than 2 pounds of marijuana into Arizona will be charged with a class 2 felony and will likely be sentenced to 5 years in prison for a first offense.

Authorities throughout Arizona are increasing their efforts to catch and prosecute drug traffickers, especially those attempting to transport drugs in from Mexico. If you were arrested for trafficking marijuana, or another illegal substance, in Arizona, the drug defense attorneys at JacksonWhite will work to decrease your penalties and avoid incarceration. Get someone on your side that you can trust—dial 480-818-9943 to schedule a free and private consultation with experienced JacksonWhite drug crimes lawyer, Jeremy Geigle.

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