PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Public Safety seized a large amount of methamphetamine that was found hidden in a load of broccoli on Feb. 14.
A DPS officer stopped a commercial truck for a moving violation along northbound Interstate 17 south of New River at about 2:45 a.m.
The officer searched the semitrailer loaded with broccoli and located a duffel bag containing multiple packages of methamphetamine weighing a total of 40 pounds, according to DPS spokesman Raul Garcia.
The methamphetamine was valued at $440,000.
The 39-year-old driver identified as Ata Hamed Taha of Greensboro, North Carolina, was charged with transportation of dangerous drugs for sale, one count of illegally conducting an enterprise, and one count of conspiracy.