U.S. Custom and Border Protection agents stop thousands of pounds of narcotics from crossing the border. Smugglers have come up with unique and creative ways to evade detection, including sneaking drugs through air-powered cannons and hidden in food.

A 39-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after U.S. Border Patrol agents said he attempted to smuggle nearly $200,000 worth of marijuana across the border in a van painted with the Dish Network logo on the side, officials said Thursday.

The van, painted to look like it was part of the satellite-television company’s fleet, pulled into an immigration checkpoint along State Route 85, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. A Border Patrol canine alerted agents to an odor coming from the van, the agency said.

Inside the van, agents found 400 pounds of marijuana in blocks wrapped in brown cellophane tape, the agency said. The blocks were in plain sight inside the van, the agency said.

Officials arrested the man and seized the van and marijuana. His name was not released.


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