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.

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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