Antelope Wells, N.M. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Antelope Wells port of entry made a large marijuana seizure Friday morning. CBP officers confiscated just more than 115 pounds of marijuana.
"The primary CBP officer on duty was thorough and focused and was able to identify this vehicle as needing additional scrutiny," said Robert Reza, CBP assistant port director for Columbus/Antelope Wells.
CBP officers at the Antelope Wells port of entry confiscated 115.72 pounds of marijuana from a 29-year-old male from Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mexico. The seizure was made during a primary inspection of a 1995 Ford Explorer XLT.
The vehicle was selected for inspection and taken to a separate inspection area where an extensive examination of the vehicle was conducted. CBP officers discovered four metal containers concealed in the gas tank. A green leafy substance was found in the containers that tested positive for marijuana.
CBP officers at the port arrested the driver, Andres Dominguez Castillo. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents to face federal charges including importation of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
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.