Apr 3, 2013 7:49 PM by Leasa Conze
NOGALES, AZ - A Tucson man and a woman from Mesa both face drug smuggling charges, after they were busted in two separate incidents at the DeConcini Port of Entry on Tuesday, April 2.
Silvester Padilla Romero, 42, was arrested in the afternoon after a drug-sniffing dog showed interest in his Chevy truck.
Officers found 545 pounds. The marijuana was packaged in 110 bundles and 11 loose bundles, all stashed inside the back panels of the Chevy and its toolbox.
The estimated value of that seizure was nearly $273,000.
Then, Tuesday night, Tasha Smith, 29, was arrested after a service dog alerted to the undercarriage of her Dodge SUV.
Officers found 16 packages of marijuana inside a spare tire. The drugs weighed almost 62 pounds, valued at nearly $31,000.