Officer finds 2 tons of marijuana

May 29, 2009 4:57:38 AM PDT
A Mexican man is being detained after a customs officer discovered more than two tons of marijuana valued at $4 million hidden in plastic bags in a tractor-trailer. The San Antonio Express-News reports U.S. Customs and Border Protection identified 29-year-old Ramiro Pena Castillo, of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, as the suspect. He was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

A customs officer working at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo discovered 210 bundles of marijuana weighing 4,015 pounds on Tuesday after stopping the truck for an inspection.

A drug-sniffing dog alerted him to the scent of narcotics. Laredo is across the border from Nuevo Laredo.

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