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Arizona Border Agents Seize 3,000 Pounds of Marijuana in Watermelons

Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 09:02 AM

NOGALES, Ariz. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized almost 3,000 pounds of marijuana discovered hidden in a shipment of watermelons in Nogales.

Nogales Border Protection officers referred a 44-year-old Mexican man for a non-intrusive X-ray inspection of his truck Monday evening when he attempted to enter Arizona at the Mariposa Commercial Port.

The X-ray operator noticed an anomaly in the shipment, prompting a physical inspection, authorities said. Officers then discovered 128 bundles of marijuana weighing 2,981 pounds co-mingled with the produce.

The marijuana and tractor-trailer were processed for seizure. The driver was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. His name hasn't been released.

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