Half-ton of marijuana found in shipment of crushed aluminum cans

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CBP officers at the Port of San Luis refer truck filled with pallets of aluminum cans after noticing something suspicious within the squares. By Jennifer Thomas CBP officers at the Port of San Luis refer truck filled with pallets of aluminum cans after noticing something suspicious within the squares. By Jennifer Thomas
Pallets of crushed aluminum cans are referred for additional inspection after officers notice suspicious parts of the items. By Jennifer Thomas Pallets of crushed aluminum cans are referred for additional inspection after officers notice suspicious parts of the items. By Jennifer Thomas
Aluminum casings within crushed cans contained 44 packages of marijuana, totaling more than 1,000 pounds. By Jennifer Thomas Aluminum casings within crushed cans contained 44 packages of marijuana, totaling more than 1,000 pounds. By Jennifer Thomas

SAN LUIS, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis discovered 1,041 pounds of marijuana co-mingled within a shipment of scrap aluminum.

Officers referred the 44-year-old driver of a Peterbilt tractor trailer filled with pallets of aluminum cans for a secondary inspection on Thursday and found 44 packages filled with marijuana worth nearly $469,000.

The drugs and vehicle were seized.

The driver, who is a Mexican national, was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.