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Wednesday February 1, 2012

Extreme Trafficking:  104 lbs of Marijuana Hidden in Quinceanera Party Decorations

Extreme Trafficking:  104 lbs of Marijuana Hidden in Quinceanera Party Decorations

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Columbus port of entry made an unusual seizure Sunday.

They discovered bundles of marijuana stashed inside wood-framed and mirrored Quinceanara plaques. The seizure was one of several large and unusual drug busts made by CBP officers in recent days.

The seizure was made shortly before noon when a 2002 Ford Explorer with a lone occupant entered the port from neighboring Palomas, Mexico.

CBP officers initiated an exam of the vehicle during which they located numerous boxes filled with quincinera decorations. A CBP officer noticed an anomaly in several framed/mirrored Quinceanara plaques which were in the vehicle. CBP officers drilled into one plaque and recovered a green substance which tested positive for marijuana. CBP officers dismantled the plaques and recovered 100 thin rectangular wrapped packages. The packages contained marijuana and weighed 104 pounds.

CBP officers arrested the driver of the vehicle, 18-year-old Tahlia Arana Perea of Denver, Colorado.