Mesa man caught at border with $1.5 million in pot hidden in furniture

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DOUGLAS - The following is a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers stopped a marijuana smuggling attempt when they seized $1.5 Million of marijuana concealed in furniture.

On Sunday the 5th at about 7:30 a.m. CBP Officers became suspicious of a 1997 Dodge Pick-up that was carrying a living-room set of new furniture. The Pick-up was being driven by a 24-year-old man from Mesa, Arizona. CBP Officers searched the vehicle and discovered packages concealed in the upholstery of the furniture.CBP Officers seized more than 600 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $1.5 Million.

CBP Officers seized the vehicle and marijuana. The Mesa man was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation.

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