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Double fruit: CBP turns up 2nd pot haul: Hidden in watermelon load

A day after intercepting more than three tons of marijuana jammed into barrels of strawberry preserves, Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers nabbed 2,400 pounds of marijuana co-mingled in a load of watermelons, authorities said. 

Officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility uncovered more than $1.2 million in marijuana stashed among the load of watermelons in a semi-trailer, said Rob Daniels, a CBP spokesman. 

The driver, identified only as a 46-year-old Mexican man from Nogales, Sonora, was arrested, said Daniels. 

On Tuesday, officers at same port seized 6,500 pounds of marijuana hidden in a shipment of strawberry jam, and earlier this month, they also intercepted 10,000 pounds of marijuana. 

In April, officers discovered a similar smuggling attempt when they found 14,800 pounds of marijuana—the third largest seizure of marijuana made by the Tucson Field Office—worth an estimated $7.4 million. 

The drugs and the truck were seized, and the driver was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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A package of marijuana hidden among watermelons found by Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility in Nogales, Arizona.