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11/20/2012 04:32 pm ET Updated Nov 20, 2012

Marijuana Pinatas: 425 Pounds Of Drugs Found In Arizona Shipment From Mexico

These piñatas aren’t for kids.

Police found more than 425 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of piñatas crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona last week, according to CBS 5 Arizona.

Drug-sniffing dogs detected the drugs on a truck driven by 24-year-old Tucson native Juan Marcelo Armstrong.

Armstrong did not actually stuff the marijuana into the piñatas. Instead, he hid the marijuana behind a false wall in the truck, and used the load of empty piñatas as a decoy.

It’s an unusual way to smuggle drugs across the border, but hardly the most creative one. Drug traffickers have catapulted marijuana across the U.S.-Mexico border, built underground tunnels complete with railcar systems, and planted drugs on unsuspecting crossers known as "blind mules."

According to the Phoenix New Times, Armstrong said he was paid $3,000 to smuggle the marijuana across the border. He will now face charges of possession and intent to distribute.

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