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Latino Daily News

Wednesday January 25, 2012

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Over 200 Pounds of Pot Hidden in Religious Statues Seized

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo port of entry on Saturday seized marijuana valued at more than $233,000 during a routine vehicle inspection.

On Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Hidalgo International Bridge, a CBP officer referred a 2006 white Pontiac Vibe driven by a 20-year-old United States citizen from McAllen, Texas for a secondary examination. During the examination, CBP officers noted discrepancies in two large religious statues found within the vehicle. CBP officers conducted an intensive examination and discovered 73 bundles hidden within the statues containing a total of 105.90 kilograms (233.469 pounds) of alleged marijuana. The alleged marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of $233,469.

CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.