Nogales port officers find $1M worth of pot in bell peppers

2013-03-13T15:14:00Z 2013-03-13T16:52:18Z Nogales port officers find $1M worth of pot in bell peppersArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 13, 2013 3:14 pm  • 

A Mexican man was arrested Tuesday at a Nogales port of entry for attempting to smuggle more than a ton of marijuana into the United States.  

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Port of Entry referred the 35-year-old driver of a tractor-trailer rig for an additional inspection.

The rig was X-rayed and a CBP dog detected drugs in a shipment of bell peppers. A further search led to the discovery of 280 packages of marijuana worth slightly more than $1 million.

The drugs and rig were seized. The driver was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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