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700 pounds of marijuana seized at Bridge of the Americas

By: Elena Arteaga

EL PASO, Texas For the fourth time in less than a week, Customs and Border Protection officers make a seizure at the Bridge of the Americas port of entry.

Customs and Border Protection officers seized 700 pounds of marijuana Wednesday.

Authorities said the seizure was made at 1:30 P.M., when at the B.O.T.A. commercial cargo lot, when a Chevrolet box truck carrying a shipment of palletized joint compound arrived from Mexico.

CBP officers and canine teams were sweeping through the vehicles, when a drug sniffing dog alerted officers to the vehicle.

The vehicle was scanned with an x-ray system, when an anomaly in the appearance of the shipment was noted.

The truck was unloaded, and officers searched the sealed boxes. They found bundles of marijuana hidden inside of 200 boxes of the joint compound.

The drugs were seized.

No arrests were made.

The estimated street value of the drugs is $560,000.



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