EL PASO, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry made a marijuana seizure yesterday confiscating approximately 540.6 pounds of the drug.
“This is an outstanding seizure which demonstrates the dedication, versatility, and skill that our officers display daily on the frontline,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director. “I congratulate our officers for this interception and for the great job they do each day in combating the illicit drug trade.”
The seizure was made at approximately 5:33 p.m. when a tractor hauling a trailer containing electrical aluminum boxes entered the Ysleta cargo facility from Mexico. CBP officers selected the vehicle for an intensive inspection. The vehicle was moved to the inspection dock where a CBP drug sniffing dog searched the trailer and alerted to the boxes in the trailer. CBP officers inspected the boxes and found bundles wrapped in aluminum foil concealed inside. CBP officers removed a total of 496 bundles. The contents of the bundles tested positive for marijuana. The investigation into this matter is ongoing.
CBP Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers’ primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.
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.