El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry yesterday morning stopped a vehicle loaded with marijuana that was being driven by a juvenile.
"Smuggling organizations will use every imaginable method to get narcotics through our international ports of entry including using juveniles," said Bill Molaski, CBP El Paso Port Director. "Parents need to be alert and always monitor their children's activities to ensure that they are not involved with any type of criminal element."
CBP officers at the Bridge of the Americas in the El Paso port of entry confiscated 76.95 pounds of marijuana from a 17-year-old male from El Paso. The seizure was made when a 2002 Ford Mustang was referred for inspection and CBP drug sniffing dog "Hasko" alerted to the vehicle. CBP officers discovered 55 packages concealed in the quarter and rocker panels.
The juvenile was turned over to the El Paso Sheriff's Department for local prosecution. He was booked into the El Paso County Jail.
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.