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Mexican national tried to smuggle marijuana across border with mom in the car

December 5, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican national tried to smuggle marijuana across border with mom in the car

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Border agents nabbed a man from Chihuahua City, Mexico allegedly trying to smuggle nearly 200 pounds of pot across the Santa Teresa point of entry with his mother in the car.

A 19-year-old, whose name has not been revealed, was seeking to cross into the U.S. in a 2007 Chrysler Sebring with his mother in the passenger seat just before midnight on Thursday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said in a statement that  agents recognized an anomaly in the floor of the car while they were conducting a secondary inspection. Officers examined the suspicious area and found the marijuana.

CBP officials said the vehicle was  tested with an X-ray machine, which revealed several irregularities in the fuel tank, rocker panels, and floor.

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The marijuana bust occurred at the Santa Teresa point of entry last week

Agents discovered 144 marijuana bundles concealed in the compartments, according to officials. The drugs weighed about 199 pounds and were worth an estimated $159,200.

His 47-year-old mother, whose named has not been reported, was processed and deported to Mexico.

“This was an unusual case in that the smuggler was traveling with his mother in an attempt to deflect attention away from the drug smuggling attempt,” Ray Provencio, the  Director of the CBP at the Santa Teresa Port Entry Point announced in a statement.

“Smugglers will sometimes try to blend in with legitimate travelers by using family members to help disguise their true intent.”

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