FORT HANCOCK, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Fort Hancock port of entry seized 110 pounds of marijuana Thursday. An El Paso man was arrested in connection with the seizure.
"This seizure demonstrates the many layers of enforcement CBP officers use every day," said U.S. Customs and Border Protection Fabens/Fort Hancock port director Donna Sifford. "CBP officers will use all the tools they have at their disposal to perform their vital mission."
The seizure was made at approximately 6:30 a.m. when a 1989 Ford pickup truck entered the facility from Mexico. A CBP officer at the primary inspection booth initiated a conversation with the driver and noticed several discrepancies during the discussion. A visual examination of the truck revealed a number of anomalies in the appearance of the vehicle.
CBP officers initiated a secondary search of the vehicle and used a fiber optic scope to search the fuel tank. They spotted anomalies in the appearance of the fuel tank. CBP officers then used a "Buster" density meter to search the fuel tank and recorded high readings consistent with hidden contraband. A U.S. Border Patrol canine searched the truck and alerted to the fuel tank area.
The fuel tank was removed and dismantled revealing 104 marijuana-filled bundles weighing 110 pounds. CBP officers arrested the driver, 24-year-old Daniel Orozco Solis of El Paso, Texas. He was turned over to ICE special agents to face federal charges including importation of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
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.