CBP: Ariz. man tried to smuggle pot in piñatas
Web Producer: Mekita Rivas
NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) - Federal officials say a Tucson man is facing charges after he tried to smuggling more than 425 pounds of marijuana inside a shipment of piñatas.
KPHO-TV reports that 24-year-old Juan Marcelo Armstrong was detained Monday as he tried to enter the U.S. through the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say a narcotics detection canine alerted agents to the piñatas in the bed of his vehicle.
Hours later agents at the same port of entry detained 28-year-old Pedro de Jesus Magana-Caballero of Sonora, Mexico, after a drug dog directed authorities to methamphetamine in the oil pan of his vehicle.
Both men were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.
It was unclear if either man had attorneys.