May 28, 2013 7:55 PM by Leasa Conze

More than a ton of pot found hidden in cans of peppers

NOGALES - Nearly 3,300 pounds of marijuana have been discovered, hidden inside cans of jalapeño peppers.

The shipment was on a Freightliner tractor-trailer trying to make it through the Nogales Commercial Port of Entry on Monday, Memorial Day.

A 34-year-old Mexican national was driving the truck when officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection referred him to an additional inspection station.

A drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to the presence of the pot, inside more than 2,000 cans.

Officers value the pot at $1.6 million.

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