Los Ebanos, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Los Ebanos ferry crossing seized 123.8 pounds of marijuana yesterday afternoon. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $99,083.
On June 22, CBP officers working at the Los Ebanos ferry crossing came in contact with a northbound 2003 Jeep Liberty Sport SUV and its driver, a 22-year-old Mexican citizen from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
After the initial primary examination, the driver and vehicle were referred to secondary for further inspection. In secondary examination, officers seized 24 marijuana packages that were found hidden in the vehicle's four tires.
CBP officers seized the marijuana and vehicle and transferred the male traveler to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents for further investigation.
"This is the second significant marijuana seizure intercepted at Los Ebanos," said Severiano Solis, CBP port director for Rio Grande City. "In February, our frontline officers seized a similar amount of marijuana which was also found hidden in vehicle tires. I commend our officers for their work in preventing this drug load from entering our country."
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.