Nearly 2,400 pounds of pot seized at NM border

May 2, 2013 • State News

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say nearly 2,400 [auth] 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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