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Customs officers seize more than a ton of marijuana in Pharr

Posted on : 16-05-2009 | By : Truckdriversnews | In : Thoughts from a trucker, truck driver Industry


HIDALGO - U.S. customs officers found more than a ton of marijuana hidden inside a tractor-trailer full of produce Wednesday.

An agricultural specialist at the cargo facility at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge first noticed discrepancies in the semitrailer’s floor as it headed north into the United States.

A narcotic detector dog sniffed out the drugs, and officers found 270 marijuana packages concealed beneath the commercial shipment.

The driver, a 61-year-old Mexican citizen from Tamaulipas, was not arrested.

The drugs weighed close to 2,350 pounds.

Less than two hours before, customs officers at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge had discovered 133 pounds of marijuana inside the tires of a 1997 Jeep Cherokee.

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