Customs & Border Patrol officers seize 1200+ lbs of marijuana in South Carolina

Charleston, S.C. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at…

Charleston, S.C. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Charleston, S.C., port of entry seized 1,239 pounds of marijuana Thursday, with a street value of approximately $1,412,460, concealed in a shipment of barium sulfate.

On February 26, 2008, CBP officers performing cargo examinations, using non-intrusive inspection technology, discovered anomalies in a container. Further examination of the container revealed 356 packages of a green leafy substance hidden in the shipment. The substance field-tested positive for marijuana.

The container was then turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Through interagency coordination, ICE agents and local authorities arrested two subjects. The subjects are currently in custody awaiting prosecution.

Robert Gomez, Director of Field Operations for Atlanta said, “This is an excellent example of how CBP officers and ICE agents are working together, protecting the people of the U.S. from the entry of illicit drugs and arresting the smugglers involved.”

Load Comments