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Border Patrol Recovers More Than 300 Pounds of Pot in Southern N.M.

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290 bundles of marijuana were found by officers at the Santa Teresa port of entry hidden in a false compartment in a pickup truck

The U.S. Border Patrol says officers working at the Santa Teresa port of entry recovered more than 300 pounds of marijuana found concealed in a false compartment in a pickup truck.

The Border Patrol said the driver arrived in the U.S. on Monday driving a Ford truck and said he had nothing to declare. Agents instructed the driver to take his truck to a screening area where agents used a gamma-ray and identified several items in the area of the truck bed.

A separate inspection was conducted and officers found a false compartment and removed 290 bundles which tested positive for marijuana.

The acting port director said the driver from Ciudad Juarez was taken into custody and turned over to a Las Cruces narcotics task force.

 

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