Nearly 2,400 pounds of pot seized at NM border
Posted at: 05/01/2013 3:35 PM
By: The Associated Press
COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) - Federal authorities say nearly 2,400 pounds of marijuana has been seized from a big rig at the New Mexico border.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection say the 2,387 pounds of pot was the largest seizure at the Columbus port of entry since a 2,323-pound bust in March 1998.
CBP officials say the tractor-trailer from Mexico was hauling a load of ceramic floor tiles when entered the port Tuesday afternoon.
A drug sniffing dog alerted officers to the cargo and officers say they found a wrapped bundle hidden inside a hollowed box of tile.
Officers say they seized 467 marijuana-filled packages from the shipment.
CBP officials say no arrests were immediately made and their investigation was continuing Wednesday.
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