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.
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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.