Los Angeles News
$1.25 Million Worth Of Copper Seized
By Robert Meyers
Nov 13, 2012 - 7:11:10 PM

LOS ANGELESCopper stolen form a mining facility in Hayden, Arizona, was seized at the Port of Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 13 according to U.S. border enforcement agents and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

 
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Seized copper ingots at the Port of L.A. (Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

According to investigators, over 359 copper ingots weighing a total of 144 tons at a value of $1.25 million were seized.   According to a statement released by the Arizona Department of Public Safety, authorities obtained a lead on the criminal operations as the result of a commercial traffic stop and warranted residence search.

The search and traffic stop lead to the seizure of over $300,000 worth of stolen copper, three trailer truck tractors, three semi-trailers, one fork lift, and two hand carts.

In a statement released by the Arizona DPS,  Dept. Director Robert Halliday said, “This is an extremely dynamic and complicated criminal case. Our detectives did a terrific job from the outset tracking this theft from its inception in Southern Arizona following the money all the way to the Port of Los Angeles.”



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