Driver arrested after meth found in broccoli load

The Arizona Department of Public Safety seized a large amount of methamphetamine that was found hidden in a load of broccoli early Saturday morning.

A DPS officer stopped a commercial truck for a moving violation along northbound Interstate 17 south of New River at about 2:45 a.m.

The officer searched the semitrailer loaded with broccoli and located a duffel bag containing multiple packages of methamphetamine weighing a total of 40 pounds, according to DPS spokesman Raul Garcia.

The methamphetamine was valued at $440,000.

The 39-year-old driver, identified as Ata Hamed Taha of Greensboro, North Carolina, was booked into the Maricopa County Jail for possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, transportation of dangerous drugs for sale, conspiracy and control of an illegal enterprise.

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