Police pulled over a truck containing approximately $400,000 worth of marijuana about 35 miles south of Tucson on Wednesday.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety issued a press release today detailing the incident, in which some 743 pounds of marijuana were removed from a septic tank on the vehicle on I-19 near of Tubac, Ariz.
According to the press release, a DPS officer pulled the truck over at about 4:00 p.m. after noticing the vehicle was displaying invalid license plates. Upon searching the vehicle, the officer found bales of marijuana packed into the truck's holding tank.
The truck's driver, Leonard Salcido, 24, of Tucson, was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana for sale.
conceal marijuanaA woman used a laundry basket full of wet clothes to conceal packages of marijuana, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.
On Wednesday at about 5:30 p.m., CBP officers at the Douglas Port of Entry were screening travelers and vehicles when they came in contact with a 27-year-old woman driving a 2010 Ford Fusion.
The woman was identified as a Mexican National and resident of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.
The officers became suspicious of the woman and selected her for further inspection.
CBP officers searched the vehicle and discovered that a laundry basket full of wet clothes was concealing packages of marijuana.
The total weight of marijuana was about 25 pounds with an estimated street value of $56,000.