- The Washington Times
Saturday, March 18, 2023

Customs and Border Protection officers in Calexico, California intercepted cocaine hidden inside a shipment of watermelons, the agency announced Friday.

At around 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, customs officials directed the driver of a truck and trailer, who had a valid border crossing card, to a dock for an intensive inspection.

While the man had a manifest for a shipment of watermelons, drug dogs soon sniffed out something suspicious. 

Further examination revealed 22 wrapped packages, weighing around 120 pounds in total, containing cocaine worth around $1.5 million on the street.

The 41-year-old driver, unnamed by Customs and Border Protection, was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

The vehicle, trailer, and narcotics were seized by Customs and Border Protection.

• Brad Matthews can be reached at bmatthews@washingtontimes.com.

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