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$1M Marijuana Load Hidden Under Bell Peppers

March 15, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of USCBP.
Photo courtesy of USCBP.

U.S. border agents seized $1 million in marijuana in southern Arizona Tuesday that was concealed in a shipment of bell peppers, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced.

A Mexican national was arrested at the Nogales Commercial Facility for attempting to smuggle more than a ton of marijuana into the United States.

A 35-year-old driver of a tractor-trailer was taken aside for additional inspection after an anomaly was discovered using a commercial x-ray system. A narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs.

An additional search led to the discovery of 280 packages of marijuana worth slightly more than $1.68 million. The drugs and tractor-trailer were seized. The subject was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’' Homeland Security Investigations.

Tags: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Drug Trafficking, U.S.-Mexico Border, Illegal Immigration


Comments (3)

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tom @ 3/17/2013 10:12 PM

Whoever would of eaten those green peppers would of been on one heck of a trip. Lol

Bob@Az. @ 3/18/2013 6:48 PM

Well, Whattya know, drugs from Mexico. And the driver was turned over to ICE and severely talked to, after which he was given ice cream so he wouldn't feel bad and given a nice ride back to Mexico, I'll bet. Damn good thing our borders are more secure then ever. BS. Blues, watch your six around Feds.

Paul @ 6/3/2013 2:50 PM

Smugglers will use anything apparently and I personally think they would scrutinize fruits and veggies more for dieases

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