Nogales couple forfeits $970,000 cash, $1.2M in bank accounts, sentenced to 10 years in pot plot

GREENBELT, Md. - An Arizona couple has been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison each for leading a $3 million marijuana smuggling plot.

Fifty-nine-year-old Jose Valenzuela and his wife, 56-year-old Beatriz Valenzuela, both of Nogales, were sentenced to 11 years and 10 years respectively on Monday in federal court in Greenbelt. The couple was also ordered to forfeit $970,000 in cash and $1.2 million in bank accounts.

According to their guilty plea, the Valenzuelas used a shipping business they owned to ship marijuana from Arizona to Maryland.

After an investigation, law officers raided the Valenzuelas' home and businesses and seized $970,000 in cash and more than 750 pounds of marijuana.

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