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3:50 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

More Than $1M Worth Of Cocaine Seized At NM Border

Federal authorities say they've seized nearly 33 pounds of cocaine worth more than $1 million from a trailer at the New Mexico border.

Credit cbp.gov

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry commercial cargo facility made the seizure Thursday.

They say a pickup truck hauling an empty flatbed trailer entered the Santa Teresa cargo facility from Mexico.

CBP officers selected the vehicle for a gamma-ray exam and identified several anomalies in the appearance of the trailer.

The vehicle was moved to the inspection dock where CBP officers drilled one of the trailer axels and extracted 21 bundles of cocaine.

Authorities arrested the truck's driver, a 61-year-old man from Mexico, and turned him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI special agents.

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