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Officials: El Paso man pulls up in car loaded with marijuana

By: Jamel Valencia
EL PASO, Texas - A 1966 Ford Mustang drives up to an El Paso port of entry, but is stopped and searched.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers became suspicious of the vehicle when it drove up early Saturday morning, so they had a secondary examination conducted on it.

It happened at the Paso Del Norte international crossing when it entered from Mexico. The X-ray exam revealed "spotted anomalies in the front panels," said CBP officer.

A drug-sniffing dog then alerted them to 78 pounds of marijuana in the same area of the car.

A total of 68 plastic-wrapped bundles of marijuana were found after CBP officer dismantled it.

CBP officers said they arrested 29-year-old Edgar Acosta of El Paso.

Acosta faces drug smuggling charges.

 

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