El Paso, Texas —U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 329 pounds of marijuana in a single seizure Friday night. The seizure was the largest of seven made by area CBP officers this weekend. Those seven busts netted 1,063 pounds of marijuana.
“This was a well concealed drug load however the multiple layers of enforcement CBP uses at area ports stopped this load of contraband before it made it into our community,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director.
The seizure was made just after 5 p.m. Friday at the Bridge of the Americas commercial cargo facility. CBP officers and CBP canine teams were performing a sweep of cargo trucks waiting to enter the commercial inspection area when a CBP drug sniffing dog alerted to a tractor-trailer.
CBP officers directed the 1998 Freightliner with a flatbed trailer to the cargo x-ray system. CBP officers scanned the rig and noted an anomaly in the appearance of the trailer consistent with hidden contraband. CBP officers drilled into the suspect area and removed a green substance that tested positive for marijuana. CBP officers continued their exam and located a hidden compartment in the fifth-wheel area of the empty trailer.
CBP officers removed 206 bundles of marijuana weighing 329 pounds from the compartment. The drugs have an estimated street value of $263,200. The drugs and conveyance were seized. No arrest was made in this case and 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.
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.