SANTA TERESA, N.M.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Santa Teresa port of entry seized 372 pounds of marijuana Wednesday. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $297,600.
“This drug load was larger than most and a significant loss for the smuggling organization,” said CBP Santa Teresa Port Director Ray Provencio. “CBP officers remain vigilant to all threats while focusing on their vital homeland security mission.”
The seizure was made just before 10 a.m. when a 2006 Dodge Ram entered the port from Mexico. The CBP officer at the primary inspection station selected the vehicle for a secondary exam. CBP officers continued their inspection and noted several anomalies in the appearance of the truck. CBP drug sniffing dog “Murphy” searched the vehicle and alerted to the presence of drugs. CBP officers drilled into the bed of the truck and recovered a substance which tested positive for marijuana. CBP officers continued their exam and removed 340 marijuana filled bundles from the bed and cabin floor of the truck.
CBP officers arrested the driver, 22-year-old Luis Felipe Rodriguez Cruz of Cuahtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agents to face charges in connection with the failed drug smuggling attempt.
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.