EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 460 pounds of marijuana in five separate cases Wednesday. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $368,000.
“The smuggling threat is consistent. Vigilant CBP officers are stepping up every day to stop drug loads,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director. “The work we perform plays an important role in keeping our nation safe from all threats.”
One of the larger seizures of the day was made at approximately 8:30 p.m. when a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country van with a single male driver entered the Bridge of the Americas international crossing from Mexico. A CBP officer working at the primary inspection station noted a number of issues with the vehicle during the initial inspection and directed the driver to the secondary inspection area. CBP officers performed a thorough inspection of the vehicle and spotted wrapped bundles within the quarter panels of the van. CBP officers removed multiple drug-filled bundles from the hidden compartment.
CBP officers took custody of the driver, a 56-year-old Mexican citizen who was residing in El Paso. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI special agents to face charges associated with the failed drug smuggling attempt.
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.
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.