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CBP Officers Seize Multiple Drug Loads at Santa Teresa Port

Release Date: 
October 30, 2015

SANTA TERESA, N.M. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Santa Teresa port of entry made a pair of significant drug seizures Thursday. CBP officers seized 552 pounds of marijuana in one seizure and five pounds of cocaine in another.

“CBP officers working at the Santa Teresa port of entry are working hard every day to stop the flow of illegal drugs,” said CBP Santa Teresa Port Director Ray Provencio. “Both of these seizures represented the lengths smugglers will go to in an attempt to conceal contraband.”

The cocaine seizure was made just before 1 p.m. when a Ford Explorer arrived from Mexico and entered the primary CBP inspection booth. A CBP officer directed the vehicle to the secondary inspection area. CBP officers noted a number of issues and decided to take a closer look at the vehicle. CBP officers found four cocaine-filled bundles hidden within the air intake manifold of the engine. The drugs weighed five pounds and have an estimated street value of $160,000.Cocaine load in engine manifold

CBP officers arrested the driver of the vehicle, 22-year-old Jose Carlos Payan Nunez of Chihuahua City, Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.

The marijuana seizure was made at approximately 4:30 p.m. when a 1992 GMC 2500 pickup towing an empty horse trailer arrived from Mexico and entered the primary CBP inspection booth. A CBP officer directed the vehicle to the secondary inspection area at which time CBP officers noted a number of issues with the trailer. CBP officers drilled the side wall of the trailer and recovered a green substance which tested positive for marijuana. CBP officers scanned the truck and trailer and spotted anomalies consistent with hidden contraband. CBP officers removed 215 marijuana-filled bundles from the trailer walls. The drugs weighed 552 pounds and have an estimated street value of $441,600.Drug bundles in wall of horse trailer

CBP officers arrested the driver of the vehicle, 28-year-old Adrian Valentin Perez Guillen of Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.

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February 9, 2017