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Updated Mar 14, 2013 - 6:10 am

Man arrested at Arizona border with pot in peppers

NOGALES, Ariz. — A Mexican man driving a big rig is in custody for
allegedly trying to smuggle more than a ton of marijuana hidden in bell peppers
into southern Arizona.

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

The big rig was X-rayed and a CBP dog detected drugs in a shipment of bell
peppers.

Authorities say a further search led to the discovery of 280 packages of
marijuana in the pepper shipment.

They say the marijuana has an estimated street value of more than $1 million.

The drugs and big rig were seized.

The driver was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland
Security Investigations. His name hasn’t been released yet.

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