EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the El Paso port of entry seized 81 pounds of marijuana Wednesday. The drugs were discovered in a false compartment of a car. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $64,800
The seizure was made at approximately 6:05 a.m. at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing. CBP officers and Border Patrol agents were performing an enforcement operation in the line of vehicles waiting to be inspected when CBP drug sniffing dog “Chip” alerted to a 2003 Nissan Altima that was waiting in the queue. CBP officers moved the vehicle to the secondary inspection area and scanned the car with the Z-Portal x-ray system. CBP officers noted an anomaly in the appearance of the trunk of the car. They continued their exam and located 74 marijuana-filled bundles in a hidden compartment in the trunk of the vehicle. The drugs and vehicle were seized. No arrests were made and the investigation continues.
While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.