Nearly 1.5 tons (or 2,946 pounds) of marijuana was found by U.S. border agents on Monday in Nogales, Ariz. A Mexican national who tried smuggling the drugs into the U.S. was apprehended. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Seventy-year-old Mexican man caught smuggling $1.4 million of pot into U.S.

U.S. border agents caught nearly 1.5 tons of marijuana being smuggled into the country at an Arizona border crossing on Nov. 17.

Mexican national Jose Enriquez-Anzar, 70, was driving an “empty” tractor trailer from Mexico to the U.S. on Monday when a non-intrusive inspection at the Port of Nogales’ Mariposa crossing found an anomaly inside the trailer.

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection narcotics dog found the 2,946 pounds of cannabis, which was packaged in 139 separate bundles, behind a false wall inside the trailer.

The border officers seized the drugs, which they valued at $1,473,000, and the tractor-trailer. Enriquez-Anzar was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, according to the agency.

The Mariposa bust comes less than a month after border agents at the same crossing seized 4,661 pounds (or $2.3 million) of pot.

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