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.

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Matthew Hendley
Contact: Matthew Hendley