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Customs and Border Protection

Border officers find $2.5M worth of pot disguised as melons

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers got a surprise Saturday afternoon when they inspected a shipment of watermelons and discovered nearly 5,000 pounds of marijuana disguised as the fruit mingling with the produce, CBP said Wednesday.

Officers at the Mariposa Cargo facility in Nogales referred a tractor-trailer driven by a 26-year-old Mexican national for secondary inspection and found 674 bundles of pot disguised as watermelons. A CBP drug-detection canine verified the fruit was pot, which was valued at $2.5 million, CBP said.

The truck, produce and drugs were seized, and the driver was arrested and turned over to ICE's Homeland Security Investigations, CBP said.

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Customs and Border Protection officers found 674 bundles of marijuana disguised as watermelons in a produce shipment in Nogales on Monday.