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BP Seizes 4,500 Pounds of Pot At I-19 Checkpoint

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
About 4,500 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $3.5 million was discovered in a semi-truck trailer Monday by a Border Patrol canine team at the Interstate 19 checkpoint.

The U.S. Border Patrol canine team altered the semi-truck at the checkpoint near Tubac - agents then conducted "non-intrusive inspection technology," according to a release from U.S. Border Patrol Tucson Sector. The inspection revealed anomalies in the trailer that were consistent with contraband smuggling.

Further inspection by BP agents revealed bundles of marijuana hidden in boxes labeled for watermelons. The vehicle and marijuana were sent for processing, and the driver was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations unit.

"As part of the Border Patrol's defense-in-depth strategy, checkpoints continue to be effective barriers that prevent illegal drugs from entering the interior of the nation," states Colleen Agle, public information officer with the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector. "Canine teams and NII technology maximize the efficiency of the checkpoint and enhance agents' abilities to rapidly detect and interdict contraband."

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