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$9 Million in Marijuana Stopped by CBP in Railroad Shipment

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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