Bundles of marijuana found in load of pinatas at Nogales

NOGALES, AZ - A Tucson man has been arrested after a load of marijuana was found hidden with a shipment of piñatas.

According to federal authorities, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Nogales seized more than 425 pounds of pot, as well as more than seven pounds of methamphetamine last Friday.

CBP officials say officers referred Juan Marcelo Armstrong, 24, of Tucson, for additional inspection as he entered the U.S. Friday afternoon.

A narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs inside Armstrong's truck which was loaded with a shipment of piñatas and officers found and removed a number of packages of marijuana.

Earlier Friday afternoon, 28-year-old Pedro de Jesus Magana-Caballero, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico was referred for an inspection of his vehicle where a CBP canine alerted to the presence of drugs.

Officers removed a package of methamphetamine from the oil pan.

The drugs and vehicles were processed for seizure and both Armstrong and Magana-Caballero were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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