Smugglers use firewood to bring drugs across the border

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(Source: Customs and Border Patrol) (Source: Customs and Border Patrol)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

It seems there's no end to the creative ways smugglers attempt to get drugs into this country.

The latest item used to conceal drugs? Firewood.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Sasabe arrested a Tucson man Wednesday for an alleged attempt to smuggle more than 100 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $53,000.

After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a Ford truck driven by a 41-year-old man, officers found the drugs hidden inside a shipment of mesquite firewood. The marijuana was discovered after officers off-loaded the firewood and split it in half.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, and turned the subject over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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