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CBP Officers in Southern Arizona Seize 946 Pounds of Marijuana Hidden in Ceramic Tile Shipment

Release Date: 
October 22, 2012

San Luis, Ariz. - A Mexican national was arrested Friday morning for attempting to smuggle $472,000 worth of marijuana into the United States.

San Luis Customs and Border Protection officers referred 43-year-old Ramiro Ramirez-Aguirre of San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, for additional inspection of the tractor trailer he was driving, which contained a load of ceramic tiles. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in one of the boxes of tile; officers located nearly 945 pounds of marijuana.

After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of drugs in one of the boxes of tile; officers located nearly 945 pounds of marijuana.

 

 

The drugs and tractor-trailer were seized. Ramirez was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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February 9, 2017