Bell peppers, one ton of pot seized at border - Tucson News Now

Bell peppers, one ton of pot seized at border

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Mexican man was arrested at the Nogales Commercial Facility for attempting to smuggle more than $1 million worth of marijuana into the United States Tuesday.

 According to a news release, U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped the unnamed suspect, 35, in his tractor-trailer. A commercial x-ray system detected an anomaly and a narcotics detection canine discovered drugs hidden among a load of bell peppers. A continued search found 280 packages of marijuana, estimated to be worth over $1,068,000.

The man was sent to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

"CBP officers in Nogales made use of several layers of enforcement to identify and locate the marijuana," Nogales Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez said. "Our people used their experience and dedication to prevent these drugs from entering our nation."

CBP screens all people and vehicles that enter the United State to enforce immigration and trade laws.

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