February 20, 2009

Customs finds marijuana hidden by cattle

Customs inspectors say a Canadian truck driver attempted to enter the United States with 1,746 pounds of marijuana stashed under a load of cattle.

Edwin Roy Fuller of Langley, British Columbia, was arrested Tuesday at the Sumas road crossing, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Thursday. Fuller was being held pending an appearance in federal court in Seattle.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers selected Fuller's truck for an inspection, officials said. Once the cattle were out of the truck, agents using an X-ray imaging device found a hidden compartment under the floor of the trailer.

Officers scraped off the natural byproduct of cows and endured the associated odors to unbolt false panels which concealed hundreds of plastic bags of marijuana beneath, Customs said in a news release.

Officials said the marijuana, a locally grown variety known as B.C. Bud, might have brought in $6 million when sold.