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CBP Officers at Santa Teresa Find Marijuana in Farm Tractors

Release Date: 
August 20, 2012

Santa Teresa, N.M. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Santa Teresa port of entry seized 733 pounds of marijuana Thursday. The drugs were concealed in five John Deere tractors which were being transported from Mexico to the U.S.

Marijuana concealed in farm tractor's rear differential unit.

"This was an unusual concealment method and smugglers went to considerable lengths to avoid detection," said Joanne Thale-Lembo, CBP Santat Teresa port director. "Hard working CBP officers at the Santa Teresa port stopped this drug load from making it to its intended destination."

The seizure was made late Thursday morning when a 2004 Freightliner pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with five older John Deere model tractors entered the facility from Mexico. CBP officers working in the cargo lot selected the shipment for an extensive exam. CBP drug sniffing dog "Mosco" searched the conveyance and alerted to drugs. CBP officers initiated an exam of the tractors and located marijuana bundles hidden within the rear differential unit of each tractor. CBP officers removed 204 marijuana-filled bundles from the shipment. No arrests were made and the investigation continues.

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 (CBP) 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017