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Record Broken for Largest Failed Pot-Smuggling Attempt in Arizona

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Today in Found at the border: There's a new all-time record for the largest unsuccessful pot-smuggling attempt in Arizona.

The previous record was set in January, when a Mexican man attempted to drive 14,121 pounds of pot -- with an estimated value of $7.1 million -- through the port of entry in Nogales.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman says details on this bust will be released at a press conference tomorrow afternoon, but says this haul was worth more than $10.1 million.

Assuming CBP hasn't changed its pot-valuing system, then this load would be more than 20,000 pounds.

This weed was driven through the same port in Nogales, the Mariposa Port, where the previous record-holder got busted. That man had the goods hidden in cardboard boxes among what was supposed to look like a legitimate load of steel.

Federal court records don't show any recent arrests for large pot busts, but that system usually takes a few days to update.

Before this year, the largest pot bust at an Arizona border port was 12,000 pounds of pot, recovered in 2010.

UPDATE November 20: CBP has more information, and pictures.

From CBP's press office:

A tractor-trailer load of Mexican squash, co-mingled with a $10.1 million shipment of marijuana, was stopped at the Port of Nogales Wednesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Mariposa commercial facility.

Pedro Corona-Moreno, 32, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, was referred for a routine inspection of his load of produce as he was entering the United States. When the shipment was offloaded, a CBP canine alerted to the presence of marijuana...881 bundles of it weighing 20,375 pounds.

Wednesday's seizure surpasses Arizona's previous record of 14,121 pounds of marijuana - $7.1 million worth -- seized Jan. 15 of this year.

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

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