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266 Pound Drug Load Stopped by El Paso CBP Officers

Release Date: 
May 14, 2013

EL PASO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 266 pounds of marijuana Friday. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $212,800.

 

CBP officers removed 239 marijuana-filled packages from multiple hidden compartments within the van.

CBP officers removed 239 marijuana-filled packages from multiple hidden compartments within the van.

The seizure was made Friday morning when a 1993 Ford Van entered the Paso Del Norte inspection station from Mexico. CBP officers initiated an examination of the vehicle using a "Buster" density meter and received high readings consistent with hidden contraband. CBP drug sniffing dog "Jack" searched the van and alerted to the interior wall. CBP officers removed 239 marijuana-filled packages from multiple hidden compartments within the van.

CBP officers arrested the driver of the vehicle, 57-year-old Eliseo Castillo Rosales of El Paso, Texas. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations special agents to face federal charges in connection with the smuggling attempt and booked into the El Paso County jail with no bond.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017