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CBP Officers Seize 178 Pounds of Marijuana at Presidio Port

Release Date: 
February 23, 2012

Presidio, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Presidio port of entry in west Texas seized 178 pounds of marijuana on February 22. A 30-year-old Mexican man was arrested in the failed smuggling attempt.

"This is a very significant marijuana seizure and the largest recorded at the Presidio port of entry since the 392 pound marijuana bust we made here in October of last year," said CBP Acting Presidio Port Director Jesus Chavez. "CBP officers at the Presidio port remain vigilant and thorough in their inspections."

All in a day's work: CBP officers in Presidio, Texas open fuel tank of Chevy truck and find tin boxes filled with 178 pounds of marijuana.

All in a day's work: CBP officers in Presidio, Texas open fuel tank of Chevy truck and find tin boxes filled with 178 pounds of marijuana.

The seizure was made at approximately 4:30 p.m. when a Chevrolet Silverado entered the port from Mexico. CBP officers selected the vehicle for a secondary examination and scanned the vehicle with a non-intrusive inspection x-ray system which revealed an anomaly in the undercarriage of the truck. CBP officers continued their exam and located three metal boxes hidden inside the fuel tank. The metal boxes were opened revealing compressed marijuana. A total of 178 pounds of marijuana was seized.

CBP officers took custody of the driver of the vehicle, 30-year-old Abraham Wiebe-Krahn of Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations special agents and arrested on charges of importation of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute.

While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of CBP, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission routinely 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017