The marijuana harvest season is in full swing in Mexico right now and with illegal immigration down drastically along the southern border, the growers are taking exceptional risks in getting their product to market.
This was evidenced at a news conference Tuesday where U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials showed the 7 tons of marijuana seized Jan. 15 at a commercial truck crossing point. It was at the Mariposa port of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Ariz.
The 600 bales of pot were wrapped in plastic with each bale weighing between 25 and 30 pounds. The pot packaged in this manner is so that mules can bring it across the border on foot in backpacks. With the marked reduction in illegal crossers, it appears the Sinaloa cartel is resorting to a riskier means of moving their product.
A movement of this size is almost always discovered and seized, unless of course, one of our corrupt border agents is there to help move it through the commercial lanes.
In all, authorities say the marijuana found hidden in a tractor trailer weighed more than 14,000 pounds.
A 26-year-old Mexican man accused of driving the truck is in federal custody. His name hasn’t been released.
More on this developing story as it becomes available