El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Bridge of the Americas commercial cargo facility at the El Paso port of entry seized 3,760 pounds of marijuana Tuesday. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $3,008,000.
"This seizure was the direct result of hard working CBP officers using various layers of technology to identify and stop a sizeable drug load," said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso port director.
The seizure was made just after 2 p.m. when a tractor trailer hauling a load of copy paper arrived at the port from Mexico. CBP officers selected the truck for a non-intrusive x-ray examination. The scan of the commodity was suspicious so the truck was unloaded. A CBP drug sniffing dog searched the shipment and alerted to boxes of copy paper. CBP officers opened the boxes and found marijuana-filled bundles inside. They removed a total of 322 bundles, weighing 3,670 pounds. No arrests were made and the investigation is continuing.
While anti- terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.
For more information on CBP please tune in to AM radio 530 (Ysleta/Zaragosa area) or AM Radio 1620 (Bridge of the Americas/Paso Del Norte area). These low power radio stations continuously broadcast CBP related border crossing information in English and Spanish.
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.