Smugglers Try To Hide Dope In Truckload Of Broccoli
December 17, 2001 at 7:53 PM EST - Updated July 1 at 8:40 AM
HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - A drug-smuggling operation was shut down when sheriff's deputies intercepted a 200-pound shipment of marijuana hidden in a refrigerated produce truck carrying 1,200 bushels of broccoli and peas, authorities said Monday.
Smugglers further tried to hide the smell of marijuana by covering it with plastic wrap, scented dryer sheets and axle grease, said Butler County Sheriff Harold "Don" Gabbard.
But somebody tipped the sheriff's department to be on the lookout for a truck from Texas. When deputies stopped the truck Saturday night, dogs sniffed out the drug, Detective Jeff Riegert said.
He estimated the street value of the marijuana at $400,000 to $500,000.
Rafael Hernandez, 57, from San Antonio, Texas, was arrested and charged with possession and trafficking, Riegert said.
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