CBP Officers in El Paso Make a Dozen Drug Busts Over Weekend
El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at El Paso area ports of entry made a dozen drug busts this weekend. The enforcement activity netted 1,030 pounds of marijuana in 10 busts, 17 pounds of cocaine in one seizure, and a small amount of heroin in one additional seizure.
The most significant seizure of the weekend occurred Saturday at the Santa Teresa port of entry. CBP officers at the New Mexico crossing were processing traffic when a 2003 GMC Sonoma pickup entered the port from Mexico. A CBP officer at the primary inspection station selected the vehicle for an intensive exam. CBP drug sniffing dog "Dolar" alerted to the engine area of the truck. CBP officers examined the engine and noticed tampering. CBP officers continued their exam and located a hidden compartment in the motor block. They removed nine cocaine-filled bundles from the engine. The drugs weighed 17 pounds.
CBP officers took custody of the driver, 40-year-old Carlos Arnoldo Jurado Garcia, of Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and arrested on federal charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.
"Homeland security is our primary mission; however the thorough and extensive inspections performed by CBP officers generated this significant enforcement activity, said David Higgerson, acting director of field operations for CBP in El Paso. "CBP officers remain vigilant and their hard work is paying off every day."
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 (CBP) 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.