PRESIDIO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 188.6 pounds of marijuana Wednesday night. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $150,880.
"CBP officers at the Presidio port remain vigilant knowing that smugglers can be any age, sex or nationality," said Presidio Port Director David Lambrix. "Over the years CBP officers have encountered teens, senior citizens, and every age group in between smuggling drugs."
The seizure was made just before 6 p.m. when a 2002 Ford Expedition entered the port from Mexico. CBP officers initiated an exam and utilized a series of enforcement tools to identify and confirm that the vehicle contained drugs. A CBP drug sniffing dog alerted to the vehicle. CBP officers used a "Buster" density meter and received reading consistent with hidden contraband. The vehicle was scanned by the newly installed Z-Portal x-ray system which revealed images indicating hidden drugs. A fiber optic scope also showed the presence of foreign objects in the fuel tank.
CBP officers located and opened hidden compartments in the fuel tank and roof of the SUV. They removed a total of 125 marijuana filled bundles from the compartments. The drugs weighed 188.6 pounds.
The 17-year-old driver was taken into custody by CBP officers and then turned over to Texas DPS officers to face state charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt. He is a U.S. citizen from Burnsville, Minnesota.
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.