Workers in Blair find 356 pounds of marijuana in a railroad tanker car.
Detective Kevin Willis with the Washington County Sheriff's Office says workers at the Cargill plant in Blair were cleaning out a railroad tanker car just before 7 p.m. Sunday when they found a suspicious device that looked like a backpack inside the car. The workers called 911. Deputies investigated and called the Omaha Bomb Squad and HazMat teams for help.
Bomb Squad officers soon determined the backpack didn't contain a bomb. They located numerous bundles of marijuana stacked and taped on one end of the tank car. The bundles were covered with expandable foam and then body putty to look like the inside of the tank car.
Officers found 37 bundles of marijuana weighing a total of 356 pounds. Detective Willis says it’s conservatively estimated to have a street value of at least $400,000.
Cargill employees intercepted a similar shipment of 27 bundles of marijuana this past May.
The train car came from Mexico. Officials haven't said where it was headed.
The Department of Homeland Security is the lead agency in the case with assistance from Union Pacific Railroad.