Santa Teresa, N.M. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry commercial cargo facility seized 493.5 pounds of marijuana in a bust yesterday.
"This seizure was made due to the sharp vigilance of Santa Teresa CBP officers making use of an array of enforcement tools, officer experience, advanced technology, and K9 to detect a deeply concealed load of narcotics," said Charles Wright, CBP Santa Teresa Port Director. "The sophistication of this concealment method shows the extent to which smugglers go to introduce contraband into the U.S."
The seizure was made at approximately 8:11 p.m. when a 1980 Kenworth tractor hauling an empty flatbed trailer entered the Santa Teresa cargo facility from Mexico. CBP officers selected the vehicle for a gamma-ray exam and identified several anomalies in the appearance of the front area of the flat bed trailer. The vehicle was moved to the inspection dock where CBP drug sniffing dog "Murphy" searched the trailer and alerted to the floor. CBP officers inspected the trailer and found a non factory compartment. CBP officers removed a total of 123 bundles. The contents of the bundles tested positive for marijuana.
CBP officers at the port arrested the driver, 36-year-old Jacobo Fast Klassen, of Cuauhtémoc, Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents to face federal charges including importation of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
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.