Calexico rail yard search yields 234 packages of pot

January 13, 2001|By MARCY MISNER, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — After intercepting a marijuana-laden northbound train from Mexico at a rail yard here last month, U.S. Customs inspectors discovered more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana inside another train here Friday.

Customs inspectors, with a contingent of U.S. Border Patrol agents, U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service agents and California National Guardsmen, went through the rail yard in Calexico about 7:30 a.m. Friday with trained narcotics-detector dogs, according to Customs spokesman Vince Bond.

Bond said a dog alerted to the undercarriages of five empty rail cars, where officers found 234 wrapped packages hidden in the undersides of the cars.

No arrests were made and the train was sent on its way without further incident, officials said.

It wasn't known today from where in Mexico the cars had arrived.

In a similar sweep of the rail yard Dec. 4, Customs officers found 347 pounds of marijuana hidden inside a train that had come from Mexico, Bond said.


Customs officers search the rail yard periodically for such reasons.


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