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Updated Jan 23, 2014 - 3:33 pm

Border agents find nearly $4M in marijuana hidden with tomatoes

NOGALES, Ariz. — A man was taken into custody accused of trying to
smuggle nearly $3.7 million worth of marijuana into southern Arizona in a
shipment of tomatoes.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said 30-year-old Cuauhtemoc
Lopez-Cabrera of Nogales, Sonora, was arrested Wednesday at the commercial
facility in Nogales, Ariz.

He was referred for additional inspection of the tractor-trailer he was

CBP officials said a narcotics-detection dog alerted officials to the presence
of drugs within a shipment of tomatoes.

Officers found 315 bales of marijuana that weighed nearly 7,400 pounds and had
an estimated street value of $3.69 million.

The drugs and big rig were processed for seizure.

Lopez was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland
Security Investigations.


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