Mexican man caught trying to smuggle 400 pounds of cocaine in cucumber shipments across border

A Mexican man was arrested after trying to cross the border into California with more than 400 pounds of cocaine hidden inside boxes of cucumbers, authorities said.

The smuggler, identified only as a 33-year-old, arrived at the Otay Mesa port on September 15 with a tractor trailer carrying cucumbers, the US Customs and Border Protection said.

During the inspection, however, CBP officers found 146 packages of cocaine tucked away inside the cucumber shipments.

All together, officials seized 401.68 pounds of cocaine from the truck.

The bust came just two days after another Mexican national, 25, was arrested at the same entry port while hauling gas tanks in a tractor trailer.

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