Nogales, Ariz. - More than 1,800 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $777,000, was discovered Saturday morning hidden in a shipment of cucumbers.
Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Mariposa Cargo Facility referred a 26-year-old male Mexican national for an inspection of his tractor-trailer when he attempted to enter the United States. During an X-ray of the tractor trailer, officers noticed an anomaly in the shipment of cucumbers, which led to the discovery of 224 bundles of marijuana co-mingled with the produce. The drugs 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.
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