EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 492 pounds of marijuana Thursday. The drugs were seized in five different enforcement actions. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $393,600.
One of the largest seizures of the day occurred in the pre-dawn hours at the Paso Del Norte crossing. CBP officers were working when at approximately 3:45 a.m. a 2001 Ford F-150 truck with a single occupant entered the port from Mexico. A CBP officer at the primary inspection station selected the vehicle for a more thorough exam. An x-ray scan of the truck revealed anomalies in the spare tire and fuel tank. A CBP drug sniffing dog also alerted to the presence of drugs. CBP officers continued their inspection and discovered 100 marijuana-filled bundles hidden in the two locations. The drugs weighed 110 pounds.
CBP officers took custody of the driver, a 26-year-old male U.S. citizen from 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.
In addition to the drug busts area CBP officers also apprehended four NCIC fugitives and recorded two seizures of prohibited agricultural items Thursday.
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.