Photo: Pot Found Inside John Deere Tractors
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Santa Teresa, New Mexico port of entry seized 733 pounds of marijuana last week. The drugs were concealed in five John Deere tractors which were being transported from Mexico to the U.S.
“This was an unusual concealment method and smugglers went to considerable lengths to avoid detection,” said Joanne Thale-Lembo, CBP Santat Teresa port director.
The seizure was made late Thursday morning when a 2004 Freightliner pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with five older John Deere model tractors entered the facility from Mexico. CBP officers working in the cargo lot selected the shipment for an extensive exam. CBP drug sniffing dog “Mosco” searched the conveyance and alerted to drugs.
CBP officers initiated an exam of the tractors and located marijuana bundles hidden within the rear differential unit of each tractor. CBP officers removed 204 marijuana-filled bundles from the shipment.
No arrests were made and the investigation continues.