PRESIDIO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 74 pounds of marijuana Sunday. The seizure was located underneath the rear floor board of an SUV.
“CBP officers remain focused and vigilant as they perform their homeland security mission,” said Steven Green, acting Presidio Port Director. “Illegal drugs are stopped at the border because of the layers of enforcement we employ every day.”
The marijuana seizure was made just after 1 p.m. Sunday when a 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor entered the port from Mexico. A CBP officer working the primary inspection station selected the vehicle for a secondary exam after noting nervous behavior and other anomalies with the driver. In secondary narcotics detector dog Indi inspected the vehicle and alerted to the presence of narcotics. Further inspection of the vehicle led CBP officers to discover tampering on the rear floor board. Dismantling of the floor board resulted in the discovery of 74 bundles of marijuana.
CBP officers took custody of the driver, a 36-year-old male from Chihuahua, Mexico. He was turned over to ICE/HSI agents to face federal narcotic smuggling charges.
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.