EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry made 10 drug busts Tuesday. A total of 996 pounds of marijuana was seized. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $796,800.
“The many layers of enforcement that CBP uses led to many of these seizures,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director. “Officer expertise is our most important tool but when combined with pre-primary sweeps, canines, technology and other tools we can successfully end many smuggling attempts.”
The largest seizure of the day occurred just before 3 p.m. at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing when a 2003 Ford F150 pickup truck arrived from Mexico. CBP drug sniffing dog Dora alerted to the vehicle. CBP officers scanned the vehicle using the Z-portal x-ray system which showed anomalies in the appearance of the pickup bed. CBP officers continued their exam and discovered 191 marijuana-filled bundles stashed in a false compartment in the bed of the truck.
CBP officers arrested the driver of the vehicle, a 41-year-old U.S. citizen male. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/HSI special agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
In addition to the 10 drug seizures CBP officers also made two NCIC fugitive arrests Tuesday including a a man wanted in a 2007 Kansas murder case.
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.