CBP officers seize over 200 pounds of marijuana found in wooden furniture

CBP officers seize over 200 pounds of marijuana found in wooden furniture
Photo of the seized drugs at the Santa Teresa port of entry (Souce: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Photo of the seized furniture at the Santa Teresa port of entry (Souce: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Photo of the seized furniture at the Santa Teresa port of entry (Souce: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

SANTA TERESA, NM (KWES) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations made a big drug bust on Wednesday.

The bust took place at the Santa Teresa port of entry in New Mexico.

According to a release, a 2001 Ford Econoline van towing a flatbed trailer with rustic wood furniture entered the port from Mexico.

Authorities said the shipment was selected for an x-ray exam during which a CBP officer spotted anomalies in the appearance of the cargo.

A CBP drug sniffing dog searched the shipment and alerted to the goods.

Officers drilled into the top of a table and found a green substance, which tested positive for marijuana.

In all, 135 marijuana-filled bundles, weighing 224 pounds, were seized from compartments constructed into the tops of two tables.

"Smugglers are only limited by their imagination and will go to extreme lengths in an effort to conceal their illicit goods," said Ray Provencio, CBP Santa Teresa Port Director. "CBP officers used a variety of tools to locate this drug load."

No arrests have been made as the investigation is ongoing.

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