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.
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