EL PASO, TEXAS -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operation officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 236 pounds of marijuana Wednesday. The drugs were seized in four different cases.
“CBP officers working at the El Paso port of entry are making a positive impact in our community by stopping a wide variety of violations every day,” said CBP El Paso Port Director Beverly Good. “The vigilance of the CBP officer working at the primary inspection booth translates to enforcement activity.”
The largest of the four seizures was made at approximately 4 p.m. at the Paso Del Norte international crossing when a 2001 Dodge Stratus with three occupants entered the facility from Mexico. A CBP officer at the primary inspection selected the vehicle for a secondary exam after noting that the driver of the car was nervous during a routine interview.
A CBP officer in the secondary exam area initiated a search and located tape-wrapped bundles in the door panels. The vehicle was sent to the Z-portal x-ray system. A scan of the vehicle showed a number of anomalies in the appearance of the doors and fuel tank. CBP officers removed 92 marijuana-filled bundles from multiple locations in the car. The drugs weighed 101.3 pounds.
CBP officers arrested the driver of the car, 19-year-old Dwain Manuel Rivas Santos of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations special agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt. A female passenger and her 3-year-old child were released.
In addition to this seizure CBP officers at the El Paso port made three additional marijuana busts confiscating 135 pounds of the drug in those cases. They also apprehended two NCIC fugitives and made a $10,043 outbound currency seizure Wednesday.
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.