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CBP Finds Marijuana in Candle Shipment

Release Date: 
May 10, 2012

El Paso, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 1,789 pounds of marijuana Wednesday. The drugs were seized in a commercial shipment of candles. The estimated street value of the seized marijuana is $1,431,200.

Inset - marijuana hidden below candles in individual boxes.

CBP officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 1,789 pounds of marijuana hidden in a commercial shipment of candles. The estimated street value of the seized marijuana is $1,431,200.

"These drugs were hidden in boxes of a legitimate cargo in an attempt to defeat the CBP inspection process," said CBP El Paso Port Director Hector Mancha. "The various layers of enforcement CBP deploys in the cargo facility stopped this shipment at the border."

The seizure was made at approximately 9:30 a.m. when a Dodge 350 cargo delivery truck entered the Bridge of the Americas commercial lot from Mexico. A CBP team was performing a sweep of vehicles waiting in line when CBP drug sniffing dog "Taxi" alerted to the truck. CBP officers directed the truck to an X-ray unit which identified an anomaly in the commodity. CBP officers unloaded the boxed candles and found that a number of the boxes contained a layer of candles covering bundles of marijuana below. CBP officers seized a total of 1,595 marijuana-filled bundles from the shipment. The driver was interviewed and released and the 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017