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

By Ben Hooper  |  Feb. 22, 2017 at 10:46 AM
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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.

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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