El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the El Paso port of entry made two marijuana seizures yesterday. CBP officers confiscated a total of 167.97 pounds of marijuana in the two busts.
The larger of the two busts was made at 3:30 p.m. when a car entered the port from Mexico. CBP drug sniffing dog "Sany" alerted to a 2007 Dodge Caliber. CBP officers removed a total of 36 marijuana-filled bundles from the gas tank and rocker panels of the vehicle with a total weight of 106.04 pounds.
CBP officers arrested the driver, identified as 24-year-old Carlos Esparza Martinez, and the passenger, 21-year-old Julio Marquez Legorrete both of Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico. Both were turned over to ICE special agents to face federal charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt. They are currently detained without bond at the El Paso County Jail.
CBP officers made the second bust at approximately 9:05 p.m. when officers seized 61.93 pounds of marijuana from a 23-year-old male from Anthony, Texas. The seizure was made when a 2000 Ford Focus was selected for inspection and CBP drug sniffing dog "Cesar" alerted to the undercarriage of the vehicle. CBP officers discovered 59 packages concealed in the under carriage around the gas tank of the vehicle. The contents of the bundles tested positive for marijuana.
CBP officers arrested the driver identified as John Dang. He was turned over to ICE special agents to face federal charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.
CBP is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.
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.