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CBP: $4M in marijuana found in red bell pepper shipment

A Mexican man was arrested Wednesday at the Nogales port of entry as he attempted to smuggle more than four tons of marijuana worth $4 million into the United States, officials said.

The 30-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, was driving a tractor-trailer through the commercial port when a drug dog signaled the presence of drugs in the trailer. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers opened the trailer and discovered more than 298 bales of marijuana, weighing more than 8,000 pounds, hidden among a shipment of red bell peppers, a news release from the agency said. 

The driver was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the truck was seized. 

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More than four tons of marijuana, worth an estimated $4 million, was discovered in a shipment of red bell peppers at the Nogales port of entry.