Del Rio, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Del Rio seized a total of 158.7 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of $157,700, in two separate incidents Thursday.
Thursday morning CBP officers at the Del Rio Port of Entry referred a 1994 Chevrolet pickup for intensive inspection after a narcotics detector canine alerted to the vehicle. While searching the pickup, officers discovered 127 cellophane-wrapped packages hidden throughout the vehicle. Officers recovered packages - containing a total of 137.2 pounds of marijuana - from the spare tire, doors and body panels. CBP officers seized the pickup and turned over the driver - a 30-year-old Stephenville woman - to Homeland Security Investigations.
Later that evening, CBP officers at the Del Rio Port of Entry seized another vehicle driven by a 25-year-old San Angelo woman. Officers referred the 2004 Ford F-150 pickup for intensive inspection after a canine alerted to the vehicle. Using a non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered 20 bricks of marijuana, weighing a total of 21.5 pounds, hidden in the dash and console of the pickup.
"Drug smugglers continue to try creative ways to conceal their contraband," said Del Rio Port Director Michael Perez. "Once again, CBP officers' experience and training, coupled with state-of-the-art technology, prevented these loads of drugs from entering the country."
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.