CBP Officers at El Paso Make Large Marijuana Bust in Bus
El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry made several marijuana seizures during the weekend. CBP officers confiscated an approximate weight of 1,002 pounds of marijuana.
"Our CBP officers not only carry out our agency's critical mission of securing our borders but continue to make these impressive interceptions of dangerous narcotics at the ports of entry. These officers continue to impress me with their efforts and enforcement actions that produce these cases," said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director.
The largest of the marijuana seizures was made Sunday at approximately 5:58 a.m. when a 1998 Viaggio GV-1003E passenger bus arrived at the Bridge of the Americas port of entry. CBP officers initiated an examination of the bus during which CBP drug sniffing dog "Udo" alerted to the inside floor area of the bus. CBP officers drilled into the floor compartment producing a green substance that tested positive for marijuana. CBP officers removed a total of 390 marijuana-filled bundles with an approximate weight of 440 pounds.
No arrests were made in the case. The investigation is continuing.
In addition to the drug seizures, CBP officers recorded 36 immigration violations at area ports this weekend including 17 intended immigrants, 11 impostors and one alien smuggler. Intended immigrants will use a legally issued border-crossing card (laser visa) to live or work in the U.S., which is not authorized. They also lose their documents and are generally returned to Mexico. Impostors generally will use a legitimate entry document assigned to another person and present it as their own. Violators generally lose their documents, can be prosecuted and go to jail and/or are returned to Mexico. Alien smugglers are prosecuted and go to jail. CBP officers also recorded seven cases of people making false claims to U.S. citizenship, people attempting to enter with counterfeit or altered documents, and stopping those who previously entered the country illegally. Most of these people will be prosecuted and go to jail.
CBP officers working at area ports took seven people into custody who were being sought on outstanding warrants and lookouts to include aggravated battery, fugitive from justice and a sex offender.
CBP officers working at El Paso area ports of entry, West Texas and New Mexico made six seizures of agricultural items. Violators paid $1,225 in penalties in association with the violations. Prohibited food products seized included apples, nectarines, Nance, pork lard and pork meat.
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.