EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at El Paso area ports of entry made seven drug seizures Thursday. The largest drug load was discovered in a shipment of roofing shingles.
“Smugglers will often try to conceal their contraband within a legitimate product,” said CBP El Paso Port Director Beverly Good. “Good work by vigilant CBP officers stopped this shipment cold.”
CBP officers working at the Bridge of the Americas cargo compound seized 954 pounds of marijuana Thursday evening. The seizure was made after a box truck hauling two pallets of roofing shingles entered the port from Mexico. CBP officers selected the shipment for an intensive exam during which CBP drug sniffing dog “Ukey” alerted to the product.
CBP officers opened a package of the roofing shingles and found that the center portion had been removed and replaced with a large bundle of marijuana. CBP officers continued their exam and recovered 288 marijuana-filled bundles from the shipment. The drugs have an estimated street value of $763,200. No arrests were made and the investigation continues.
In addition to the large marijuana seizure, area CBP officers made three other marijuana seizures totaling 265 pounds. They also made two cocaine seizures totaling 26.2 pounds and one heroin bust weighing 4.8 pounds. A total of three NCIC fugitives were also taken into custody during a busy day of enforcement activity.
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.