NOGALES, Ariz. – Federal authorities have seized nearly $2.5 million worth
of marijuana hidden in a shipment of watermelons in southern Arizona.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say almost 5,000 pounds of
marijuana was seized and a Mexican man arrested at the Mariposa Cargo facility
Officers referred a 26-year-old man for a secondary inspection of his
tractor-trailer load of melons on Saturday afternoon.
A physical inspection of the shipment revealed 674 bundles of marijuana
weighing almost 5,000 pounds co-mingled with the shipment.
Authorities say the marijuana was disguised as melons.
The tractor-trailer, drugs and produce were processed for seizure. The driver
was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s
Homeland Security Investigations.