Marijuana seized during stops at NM checkpoints

August 6, 2013 • State News

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — Searches at two border checkpoints in southern New Mexico have netted nearly 300 pounds [auth] of marijuana.

Officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations seized 177 pounds of pot Monday night after the drugs were discovered in fabricated metal collars attached to the rims of a pickup truck.

The marijuana had been tightly compressed and stuffed into the metal collars. It was uncovered during a scan of the truck at the Columbus port of entry.

The driver was arrested by immigration officials.

Another 113 pounds of marijuana were seized Monday morning after a driver tried to cross into Mexico at Santa Teresa. The driver and his passenger, both New Mexico residents, were arrested.

Officials say the drugs had a combined estimated value of $232,000.

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