Nogales officials seize $8.5M pot shipment

Posted at 2:38 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 16:54:49-05

Officials are investigating after the second largest marijuana seizure was made in Arizona last week.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says more than 17,000 pounds -- $8.5 million worth -- of marijuana was found in six palette boxes inside of a tractor trailer.

The driver, identified as 23-year-old Gerardo Cruz of Sonora, reportedly identified the load as aircraft parts.

CBP says the only seizure larger than this one was a 20,000 pound seizure in November 2013.

The marijuana was located with the help of a drug-sniffing dog.

Cruz was taken into custody by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.