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Border Agents Find a Ton (Literally, 2,000 Pounds) of Weed Hidden in Charcoal

Today in Found at the border: A Mexican national tried to smuggle 2,000 pounds of weed into the United States by hiding the stash in bricks of charcoal.

Thanks to Wilhelm Röntgen's 1895 discovery of the X-ray, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers were able to see late last week that the 1,000 bags of charcoal also held a ton of marijuana.

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-230 Pounds of Cheese Seized at U.S./Mexico Border

CBP officers figure that marijuana salesmen would value this haul of weed at around $1 million.

The driver, a 44-year-old Mexican national, tried to drive the load through the Port of Mariposa Commercial Facility, in Nogales.

As is usually the case, the driver was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.



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