201 Pounds of Marijuana Seized in New Mexico

Two separate drug busts made by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on Thursday, February 27, 2014, led to the seizure of 201 pounds of marijuana in Columbus, New Mexico.

A GMC pickup truck was stopped at the Columbus port of entry early Thursday morning when a density meter indicated that the vehicle likely contained smuggled goods. After a canine search alerted to the presence of narcotics, officers located hidden compartments along the rims of each vehicle tire. Inside these compartments, officers discovered 121 pounds of bundled marijuana. The driver, 53-year-old Gloria Covarrubia of New Mexico now faces smuggling charges.

Later that same evening, a canine alerted to a Chevrolet Silverado waiting in line to enter the port. A subsequent Z-Portal x-ray system scan drew attention to an abnormality in the truck’s propane tank. Further examination of the tank yielded a trap door and 80 pounds of marijuana bundled into 75 packages.  The driver, 22-year-old Adrian Lopez of New Mexico, is also facing charges in connection with smuggling.

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