NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) - A Mexican man driving a big rig is in custody for allegedly trying to smuggle more than a ton of marijuana hidden in bell peppers into southern Arizona.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales referred the 35-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer for an additional inspection Tuesday.
The big rig was X-rayed and a CBP dog detected drugs in a shipment of bell peppers.
Authorities say a further search led to the discovery of 280 packages of marijuana in the pepper shipment.
They say the marijuana has an estimated street value of more than $1 million.
The drugs and big rig were seized.
The driver was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations. His name hasn't been released yet.
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