Jan. 23 - Officials seize seven tons of marijuana near the Mexico-U.S. border. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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American authorities on Tuesday (January 22) announced the seizure of approximately seven tons (14,000 pounds) of marijuana on the Arizona-Mexico border, which U.S. officials say is the largest such seizure to take place in the Nogales, Arizona sector of the border.
The seizure took place at the Mariposa-Nogales port of entry on January 15.
The 600 packages of marijuana, each wrapped in plastic and weighing between 40 and 48 kilos (25 to 30 pounds) were discovered inside a tractor-trailer attempting to cross the border.
U.S. officials estimate that the over seven tons of marijuana is worth an estimated $7 million dollars.
A 26-year old Mexican male was taken into custody during the incident.
The Nogales-Mariposa port of entry is one of the busiest in the United States, and is considered a main point of entry for Mexican-grown agricultural products entering the country.
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