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Nogales CBP Officers Seize Nearly $2.5 Million Worth of Marijuana Disguised as Watermelon

Release Date: 
June 19, 2012

Nogales, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office seized nearly 5,000 pounds of marijuana Saturday afternoon, worth nearly $2.5 Million hidden in a shipment of watermelons.

CBP officers at the Mariposa Port in Nogales, Ariz. seize nearly $2.5 million worth of cocaine co-mingled with watermelons.

Officers at the Mariposa Cargo facility referred a 26-year-old male Mexican national for a secondary inspection of his tractor-trailer load of melons. A physical inspection of the shipment revealed 674 bundles of marijuana weighing almost 5,000 pounds, co-mingled with the shipment. The marijuana had been disguised as melons and was verified by a CBP narcotics detection canine.

The tractor-trailer, drugs, and produce were processed for seizure. The driver was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and

CBP officers seize nearly 5,000 pounds of marijuana mixed within a produce shipment of watermelons in Nogales, Ariz.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017