Calexico, Calif. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the

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This open railcar, called a gondola, contained more than $9  million worth of marijuana.
This open railcar, called a gondola, contained more than $9 million worth of marijuana.

Calexico downtown port of entry discovered more than 9,000 pounds of marijuana concealed inside an open-top rail car — known as a gondola — that was destined for the U.S., officials announced today.

On Friday, June 4, at about 4:30 p.m., a commercial train coming from Mexico entered the Calexico downtown port of entry for inspection. Officers with the port’s Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team screened the rail cars with an x-ray imaging system that detected anomalies with the gondola’s contents.

Packages of marijuana were hidden beneath the gondola's contents  and were detected by CBP officers.
Packages of marijuana were hidden beneath the gondola’s contents and were detected by CBP officers.

At the Calexico railroad yard, an intensive inspection that included a canine team led officers to the discovery of 352 wrapped packages concealed under layers of glass, dirt and wood in the gondola rail car. Ten additional packages concealed in two backpacks were also located on a second rail car. The street value of the narcotic load is more than $9 million.

“This is another example of how technology, detector dogs and hard work by our officers all contribute to keeping a large amount of dangerous drugs from reaching our communities,” said Billy Whitford, port director for the Calexico port of entry.

CBP seized the narcotics and returned the shipment of glass, dirt and wood to Mexico.

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2 Responses to $9 Million in Marijuana Stopped by CBP in Railroad Shipment

  1. LJ Farrell says:

    Now here’s an example where we can all easily see how passing the Control and Tax Cannabis initiative will benefit our nation.

    Controlling and taxing cannabis means that the local community benefits from tax revenue from sales of cannabis. The local community benefits from the tax revenue from the many related businesses that will spring up if cannabis were brought out into the light. The local citizens wouldn’t need to risk the black market, the cops wouldn’t need to waste their time, money, and lives chasing after the bad guys–bad guys only enriched by the hyperinflated prices induced by our current Prohibition.

    Let’s be sensible, people. Let’s starve out the black market, quit criminalizing private adult behavior, and invest our police resources more wisely. Let’s be sensible and Control and Tax Cannabis so that we can reap positive benefits from cannabis, not these negative ones as highlighted in this story.

    Visit http://taxcannabis.org to see how we can move to a modern controlled substance policy and end the needless violence brought on by Prohibition.

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