Jan 23, 2014 10:41 PM by Sarah-Jayne Simon

Man arrested in Nogales for allegedly smuggling marijuana in tomato shipment

NOGALES - A Mexican man was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle nearly 7,400 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of tomatoes into the United States.

Cuauhtemoc Lopez-Cabrera, 30, was arrested Wednesday at a commercial facility in Nogales according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers.

Officers found an estimated $3.7 million worth of marijuana in the Freightliner tractor-trailer he was driving. The drugs and tractor-trailer were further processed for seizure and Lopez-Cabrera was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

A CBP narcotics detection canine first alerted the officers to the drugs co-mingled within a shipment of tomatoes.

"CBP officers in Nogales made use of several layers of enforcement to identify and locate the marijuana," said Nogales Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez in a recent press release. "Experience and dedication of our personnel work as a containment net to prevent these drugs from entering our nation."


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