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CBP Officers at Del Rio Port of Entry Seize 236 Pounds of Marijuana

Release Date: 
December 14, 2011

Del Rio, Texas - A false floor in the bed of a pickup truck yielded more than 200 pounds of marijuana for U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Del Rio Tuesday.

Drugs concealed inside truck

CBP officers seize marijuana from truck at Del Rio, TX Port

Late Tuesday morning, CBP officers questioned a 24-year-old Illinois man after a routine records check revealed he was wanted by authorities in his home state. After a CBP drug detector canine alerted to the 1999 Dodge pickup the man was driving, officers performed an intensive inspection of the vehicle. Using a non-intrusive imaging system to scan the vehicle, officers discovered anomalies in the bed of the pickup. Under the bed liner, officers found a trap door to a hidden compartment that contained 113 packages of marijuana, weighing a total of 236 pounds. The driver was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation's ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

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