Pot found in flatbed in Columbus

Pot found in flatbed in Columbus
Friday, June 7, 2013 - 2:55pm

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Columbus port of entry seized 294 pounds of marijuana Wednesday afternoon. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $235,200.

The seizure was made Wednesday afternoon when a Ford F250 pickup truck towing an empty flatbed trailer entered the port from Mexico. CBP drug sniffing dog “Supi” searched the vehicle and alerted to the trailer. A CBP officer drilled into the wooden floor of the trailer and recovered a green substance which tested positive for marijuana. CBP officers opened the wooden floor of the trailer and removed 286 marijuana-filled packages.

CBP officers arrested the driver of the truck, 31-year-old Cain Osvaldo Barraza Valois of Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI special agents to face federal charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.


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