Border Patrol seizes 5,035 of marijuana in an abandoned tractor trailer

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Nogales Border Patrol Station seized 5,035 pounds of marijuana from an abandoned tractor trailer.

On February 29, 2008 the Nogales Border Patrol Station was notified of an abandoned tractor and trailer in a public parking lot in the West Frontage Road in Rio Rico, Arizizona. A Nogales Border Patrol canine unit was dispatched to the area for further investigation.

The Border Patrol canine did an exterior search of a tractor trailer and alerted to the front part of the trailer. Agents believed that there may be contraband hidden inside of the trailer and transported the tractor and trailer to the Mariposa port of entry in Nogales, Arizona for an X-ray inspection.

CBP officers at the port of entry X-rayed the trailer and determined that there were inconsistencies within the front part of the trailer. Based on the results of the X-ray and canine alert, DEA agents, CBP officers and Border Patrol agents dismantled the inside of the trailer. A hidden compartment was discovered in the front of the trailer containing 218 bundles of marijuana. The marijuana weighed approximately 5,035 pounds with an estimated street value of $4,028,000.

Source: US Customs/Border Patrol

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