Piñatas Used to Hide 425 Pounds of Weed, Feds Ruin Best Fiesta Ever

Federal law-enforcement officers busted what was undoubtedly going to be a great fiesta, as officials say 425 pounds of marijuana was found hidden in a shipment full of "assorted piñatas."

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says a dog sniffed out something in 24-year-old Tucson resident Juan Marcelo Armstrong's truck Friday afternoon at the port of entry in Nogales.

Turns out, CPB says there was a whole lot of marijuana in there, totaling 425 pounds.

According to a federal complaint, the weed wasn't actually in the piñatas.

The piñatas were just filler in the truck box, and a false wall in the back of the truck was hiding the marijuana.

Armstrong admitted to being paid $3,000 to take the weed into the United States, the complaint says.

Armstrong was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, and faces a federal charge of marijuana possession with intent to distribute between 100 and 1,000 kilograms.

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