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Sticky situation: Strawberry jam containers hold $3.25M in marijuana

Nogales-area U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted another multi-million dollar haul of marijuana this month, this time seizing three tons of drugs worth around $3.25 million in a shipment of strawberry jam, authorities said. 

On Tuesday, officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility arrested the driver, identified only as a 51-year-old Mexican man from Nogales, Sonora, after a drug dog led officers to discover 6,500 pounds of marijuana in the tractor-trailer he was driving, said Rob Daniels, a CBP spokesman. 

Wrapped in tinfoil and plastic, the marijuana was stuffed into dozens of containers holding the fruity preserve. 

This was the 15th largest seizure of marijuana by CBP's Tucson Field Office, said Daniels. 

Earlier this month, CBP officers found 10,000 pounds of marijuana, worth $5 million in a shipment of vacuum pump parts, said Daniels. 

The driver was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, and the tractor-trailer and the drugs were seized, he said.

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A package of marijuana found inside a container of strawberry jam at the Mariposa commercial port on Tuesday. Dozens of the barrels were found containing more than 3 tons of the drug, the 15th largest shipment of marijuana made by the Tucson Field Office.