ANTELOPE WELLS, NM - Officials in New Mexico seized 156 pounds of marijuana Tuesday morning around 10 a.m. when the drugs were discovered inside boxes of hollowed floor tile.
A shuttle van arrived at the Antelope Wells international crossing where U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers examined the vehicle.
Sealed boxes of floor tile were found inside the van and trailer that was being towed behind it.
The boxes had full sheets of tile on the top and bottom, but the middle section was cut out and filled with marijuana.
Officers arrested the driver of the van, a 45-year-old man from Glendale, Ariz, and his passenger, a 54-year-old man from Phoenix.
Both will face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
“Smugglers spent a lot of time cutting tile, fabricating the marijuana-filled bundles to fit in the space they created, and then resealing the packages in an effort to thwart the CBP inspection process,” said Robert Reza, CBP Columbus Port Director.
The estimated street value of the marijuana is $124,800.