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Over 100 pounds of marijuana found hidden in hollowed-out firewood

By Ben Hooper
Over 100 pounds of marijuana found hidden in hollowed-out firewood
An Arizona man returning to the United States from Mexico was found to be hiding more than 100 pounds of marijuana in pieces of hollowed-out firewood. Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Customs officers in Arizona said they found more than 100 pounds of marijuana concealed inside hollowed-out pieces of firewood.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers at the Port of Sasabe stopped a Ford truck driven by a 41-year-old man and a narcotics detecting canine indicated something unusual about the shipment of mesquite firewood in the back of the vehicle.

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Officers took the firewood off the truck and split pieces in half, revealing hidden packages of marijuana.

The officers found more than 100 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $53,000.

The man, a Tucson resident, was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations for prosecution.

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