Also, there was a horse in the trailer.
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The vehicle was pulled over along Highway 82 near the Arizona border town of Nogales. The driver fled the scene and remains at large. 2,900 pounds of marijuana were seized from the trailer, which also contained a horse. The horse was turned over to Santa Cruz County Animal Control.
Read the full press release here.
Horse trailers are popular modes of drugs of transport, apparently. A timeline of horse-trailer drug smuggling arrests from the past 12 months:
June 2013: Over a thousand pounds of marijuana, with a street value of $959,040, was found packed inside a trailer on Texas 67, south of Marfa. Read the full story here.
February 2013: A drug trafficking ring that used horse trailers with hidden compartments to transport marijuana throughout the Southwest was apprehended, with more than $1.7 million in cash and assets seized and 17 individuals arrested.
According to a law official quoted in the story,”The organization made numerous trips back and forth, and they actually transported real horses in the trailer to disguise the purpose of the trips…. They’d have the horse feed, the whole nine yards — it looked like cowboys moving horses from Arizona to Texas.” Read that story here.
January 2013: Nearly 600 pounds of marijuana was found stashed in a horse trailer headed to Houston, stuffed in a secret compartment that had been built into the trailer’s tack/dressing room. There were two horses aboard. Read the story here.
December 2012: Thirty pounds of pot were discovered in a horse trailer traveling through California–there was a horse in that one, too. More here.
Horse Nation tip of the week: Don’t smuggle drugs in your horse trailer.
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