Largest Marijuana Bust in AZ History: $10.1 Million Worth of Weed

by on March 24, 2014

In November 2013, a new record was set for the largest marijuana bust in Arizona history, totaling 20,375 pounds with an estimated street value of $10.1 million.

Similar to the record’s predecessor (14,121 pounds/$7.1 million in January 2013), this haul was driven through the Mariposa Port in Nogales. After a routine inspection, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers discovered 881 bundles of marijuana in a tractor-trailer filled with Mexican squash.

The drugs, produce, and tractor-trailer were processed for seizure while the driver was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Charges for Transporting Marijuana in Arizona

In Arizona, it is illegal for anyone to transport or import into this state any illegal substance, including marijuana. The charges for transporting marijuana are as follows:

Marijuana, less than 2 pounds: Class 3 felony

Marijuana, more than 2 pounds: Class 2 felony

Penalties for transporting marijuana depend largely on the amount found. Considering how much marijuana was found with the driver in the story above, it is likely he may spend the rest of his life behind bars.

If you were accused of illegally possessing or transporting marijuana in Chandler, Tucson, Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix, or another AZ city, the drug defense attorneys at JacksonWhite can help reduce your prison time. Call us today at 480-818-9943 to schedule a FREE and confidential consultation with dedicated JacksonWhite drug crimes lawyer, Jeremy Geigle.

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