Mar 13, 2013 6:47 PM by Brian White

$1M worth of pot peeled from pepper shipment

NOGALES - A Mexican man was arrested Tuesday at a commerical facilty on suspicion of smuggling over a ton marijuana into the U.S., Border Patrol officials said.

The 35-year-old man was stopped for further inspection when a drug-sniffing canine alerted agents to to drugs, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Edith Serrano said in a release.

A further search found 280 packages of pot worth about $1,068,00, Serrano said. The drugs were hidden in a shipment of bell peppers.

The man was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"CBP officers in Nogales made use of several layers of enforcement to identify and locate the marijuana," said Nogales Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez. "Our people used their experience and dedication to prevent these drugs from entering our nation."

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