Agents confiscate ton of marijuana

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  1. Agents confiscate ton of marijuana
    By Michael Shinabery and Ellis Neel
    Jul 13, 2003, 04:05

    The canine a-smellin' caught the melon felon.
    Inside a 2001 reefer (refrigerated) tractor-trailer hauling lettuce and watermelons, heading for Lowe's grocery, was another load of greenery. Doug Mosier, U.S. Border Patrol Public Affairs Officer for the El Paso sector, said agents discovered a little more than a ton of marijuana, (2,010 pounds), valued at $1.6 million.
    The incident occurred on Saturday, at 6:30 a.m., at the U.S. 70 checkpoint.

    According to an on-scene Border Patrol agent, the driver and his passenger were acting nervous. A suspicious agent referred the tractor-trailer to the secondary inspection area. The driver gave agents “consent to search the trailer,” Mosier said, which was when drug-sniffer canine Natz “alerted on the trailer door.”
    Inside, agents found watermelons nestled among the marijuana bundles, the on-scene agent said. Some of the bundles were larger than the melons.
    The Drug Enforcement Agency took the driver into custody, along with the marijuana and tractor-trailer. Mosier said the driver has not yet been identified.
    “This is one of the larger marijuana seizures on record this year,” Mosier said.
    The on-scene agent said Lowe's grocery cooperated with the Border Patrol, allowing agents to use the store's loading dock and equipment to unload the truck.
    “Basically, they just saved us a lot of time,” the agent said.
    To date in 2003, El Paso sector agents have made more than 1,000 drug seizures totaling more than $140 million worth of various narcotics.
    The Border Patrol is a branch of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The El Paso sector includes all of New Mexico and two west Texas counties. Drugs coming through Alamogordo, local law enforcement officials have said, can go all the way to Chicago for nationwide distribution, the street price rising the farther from the border.

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