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More than 800 pounds of marijuana seized on passenger bus in Texas, U.S.

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08:50, July 18, 2012

HOUSTON, July 17 (Xinhua) -- U.S. authorities had intercepted a passenger bus carrying nearly 860 pounds of marijuana into the country from Mexico, local media reported Tuesday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said a drug-sniffing dog was used during last Friday's search of the bus at the Bridge of the Americas in El Paso, according to TV channel ABC13.

The drugs had been hidden in the front wheel area of the bus with only the driver on board. Hundreds of bundles of marijuana were reportedly confiscated.

"The thorough and comprehensive inspections performed by CBP officers on all modes of transport generated this significant drug seizure," Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port director, said in a news release.

Shortly after 6 a.m. local time on Friday, a CBP officer stopped a 1993 Dina bus for an intensive inspection. During the inspection, officers noticed "non-factory compartments" in the front area of the bus, where they discovered 754 marijuana-filled bundles, according to the report.

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