Illegal goods found

Illegal goods found

The Union City Police Department has possibly kept more than $76,000 worth of black market goods off the streets. Police stopped a Ford F150 pickup truck pulling a U-Haul trailer on Thursday because the driver was clocked doing 57 mph in a 45 mph zone on Everett Boulevard. Martiniano Ariza Zavala, 24, of Houston, had no driver’s license and was traveling by himself, police reported. He said the vehicle belonged to a friend, but he did not know where his friend was. At that time, Zavala was speaking English. The officer reported Zavala became nervous when asked to open the U-Haul, which was loaded with paper sacks of baby formula. At that point, he stopped speaking English. He was arrested for not having a driver’s license and a Spanish- speaking officer from the Obion County Sheriff’s Department was called for assistance. The officer reported that, based on his training, the product appeared to be packaged in a way consistent with illegal activity and that such a product is sold on the black market for illegal gains, according to a police report. It was reported the Fusion Center was contacted, as well as ICE and the FBI. The case is under investigation. A total of 3,816 cans of baby formula, valued at $76,320, was confiscated and is being stored at the law enforcement complex. Published in The Messenger 6.16.08

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