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MEXICO MANGO MAFIA : Big dope stash found in mango shipment













CBP photo
Marijuana in mango load


This shipment of mangoes was contained in a trailer that also held a hidden stash of marijuana.



 





 














Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 12:29 pm |Updated: 12:36 pm, Wed Jun 17, 2015.




Nogales International





Port officers in Nogales have seized another large marijuana load that smugglers stashed in the ceiling of a commercial produce trailer.






On Monday, after a drug-sniffing dog alerted to a tractor-trailer hauling a shipment of mangoes, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility discovered 274 packages of marijuana hidden in the ceiling of the trailer.




The driver, 57-year-old Ramon Emilio Felix-Lopez of Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico, was referred to federal investigators, CBP said. 




The nearly 1,700-pound dope load, valued at $847,000, was seized, along with the tractor-trailer and mangoes.




CBP said seizure represents the fourth such find in just over the past month.




“In each of the previous shipments, the drugs were either co-mingled within melons or hidden within the roofs of the trailers,” the agency said in a news release.




In one instance, officers at the Mariposa port on June 2 found 200 packages of marijuana weighing a total of 1,945 pounds hidden in the ceiling of a produce trailer. 




On May 23, CBP officers at the same facility found 1,992 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $996,000 in the ceiling of a trailer.





In another melon-related bust, port officers found nearly 1,500 pounds of pot mixed into a shipment of watermelons. The marijuana had been bundled to look like the fruit.






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