Nearly $1M worth of marijuana found in shipment of squash

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Three pallets of marijuana were seized from within a shipment of Mexican squash. By Jennifer Thomas Three pallets of marijuana were seized from within a shipment of Mexican squash. By Jennifer Thomas
CBP officers assigned to the Port of Nogales seized nearly 1,900 pounds of marijuana from within a tractor trailer. By Jennifer Thomas CBP officers assigned to the Port of Nogales seized nearly 1,900 pounds of marijuana from within a tractor trailer. By Jennifer Thomas

NOGALES, Ariz. -- A Mexican national was arrested Monday at the Port of Nogales for attempting to smuggle nearly 1,900 pounds of marijuana into the United States.
 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 40-year-old resident of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, for an additional inspection of the Freightliner tractor-trailer he was driving into the Mariposa Commercial Facility.

A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside the shipment of Mexican squash, according to officials. Officers found three pallets of marijuana worth close to $943,000.
 
The drugs and vehicle were processed for seizure. The driver was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.