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Watermelons and Pot: DPS Nabs New Jersey Man With Haul Near New River

The traffic stop of a big-rig near New River on Tuesday turned into a juicy bust for the Arizona Department of Public Safety after 508 pounds of pot was discovered along with a load of watermelons.

DPS says the rig (below) was hauling its load from Nogales, Arizona, where the driver picked up the melons -- and, apparently, the dope -- to Massachusetts. Troopers arrested the driver Anthony Moyd, 39, of Newark, New Jersey.


Moyd reportedly gave verbal and written consent for a search of the big rig (below) to the highway patrolman who stopped him. The was pot hidden in three bins at the front of the trailer, DPS says. The agency wants Moyd charged with possession and transportation of the marijuana, as well as operating an illegal enterprise.


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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.