Saturday, December 2, 2006

Border agents discover 2,300 pounds of pot in load of melons
Arizona daily star

Tucson, Arizona Published: 12.01.2006
advertisement A man who attempted to hide more than 2,300 pounds of marijuana among pallets of honeydew melons was arrested Thursday at the Nogales port of entry.

The discovery was made around noon when a tractor trailer driven by a 58-year-old man from Nogales, Sonora, was selected for further inspection at the port, according to a news release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

CBP officers decided to use the X-ray system on the semi and noticed anomalies in the images, so the trailer was opened and unloaded, the release said. During the unloading, 300 packages of marijuana were discovered.

The driver, who was a participant in the Free and Secure Trade program, was arrested, the release said. The FAST program is designed to give registered travelers bringing imports into the country expedited processing.

The driver's membership was revoked and the marijuana and the tractor trailer were seized, according to the news release.