Border bust yields pot-packed pickup
July 13th 2012 · 5 Comments
SANTA TERESA, N.M. (KRQE) – When federal agents searched a pickup truck crossing the border into New Mexico they found 319 pounds of marijuana hidden in the truck body, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Wednesday.
The bust took place Saturday at the Santa Teresa border crossing in Doña Ana County.
Eleuterio Pina Aguirre of Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chih., was trying to enter the United States in a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado when the truck was selected for inspection, according to a statement from CPB. A drug-sniffing dog then alerted to the odor of narcotics, the statement added.
CBP agents eventually pulled 226 bundles of pot from the floor and bed of the pickup.
Pina was taken into custody pending the filing of federal charges.
A version of this column originally appeared in krqe.com.
A version of this column originally appeared in feeds.krqe.com.
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By Bill Diven