An anonymous tip on Halloween night led police to arrest two men and seize more than a ton of marijuana from a home in the Monte Carlo neighborhood of Nogales.
Calling at around 8:46 p.m. Saturday, a concerned citizen told authorities that “suspicious packages” were being loaded into a vehicle, Cpl. Robert Fierros of the Nogales Police Department wrote in an email.
After responding, an undercover detective saw a van backing out of the driveway at 548 Placita Chihuahua. The detective questioned the driver, 23-year-old Tucson resident Jonathan Gamboa, who turned out to not have a driver’s license.
Officers then spoke with 23-year-old Juan Barba, an Inglewood, Calif. resident, who was inside the home but reportedly did not know who owned or rented it.
Both men were detained and NPD turned the case over to the local HIDTA Task Force, which obtained a warrant to search the home shortly after midnight. That search allegedly turned up 100 bundles of marijuana weighing a total of 2,319 pounds and Gamboa and Barba were arrested on drug trafficking charges.
Fierros said the residence was likely being used as a “stash house,” where drugs are stored before being taken to other parts of the country.