- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) - A Mexican man is in custody for allegedly trying to smuggle nearly $3.7 million worth of marijuana into southern Arizona in a shipment of tomatoes.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say 30-year-old Cuauhtemoc Lopez-Cabrera of Nogales, Sonora, was arrested Wednesday at the commercial facility in Nogales, Ariz.

He was referred for additional inspection of the tractor-trailer he was driving.

CBP officials say a narcotics detection dog alerted officials to the presence of drugs co-mingled within a shipment of tomatoes.

Officers found 315 bales of marijuana that weighed nearly 7,400 pounds and had an estimated street value of $3.69 million.

The drugs and big rig were processed for seizure.

Lopez was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.


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