3K pounds of marijuana hidden in shipment of watermelons

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

NOGALES, Ariz. -- Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office seized almost 3,000 pounds of marijuana hidden in a shipment of watermelons.

Nogales CBP officers discovered the marijuana worth nearly $1.5 million Monday evening.

A 44-year-old Mexican man attempting to enter the United States at the Mariposa Commercial Port was referred for a non-intrusive X-ray inspection of his Volvo truck.

The X-ray operator noticed an anomaly in the shipment. Officers inspected the load and discovered 128 bundles of marijuana among the produce.

The marijuana and tractor-trailer were processed for seizure.

The driver was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.