TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say $1.3 million worth of marijuana was found in a load of cantaloupes after a motor transportation officer checked a truck parked in a no parking zone on an Interstate 40 off-ramp in eastern New Mexico near Tucumcari.
The state Department of Public Safety says the officer became suspicious Monday because the trucker's logbook did not match his story.
The agency says the officer then checked the truck to verify the cargo and found nearly 900 pounds of marijuana bundled, boxed and stacked behind the cantaloupes.
Authorities say the trucker and the load were turned over to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents.
The melons from California were bound for North Carolina.