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Field officers stationed at Santa Teresa seize more than 3,400 pounds of marijuana

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SANTA TERESA, New Mexico — Officers stationed at the Santa Teresa port of entry have seized more than 3,400 pounds of marijuana from inside a flatbed trailer.

Port Director Ray Provencio says the drugs were found July 1 when a commercial tractor hauling the empty trailer entered the port from Mexico.

An officer at the primary inspection station selected the rig for an X-ray scan, which revealed a dense area in the floor of the trailer. A drug-sniffing dog also alerted to the trailer's floor.

Officers drilled into the floor and discovered a green substance that tested positive for marijuana.

Officers removed 687 bundles from the trailer bed. The estimated value topped $2.7 million.

The driver, who was from Ciudad Juarez, was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

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