PRESIDIO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio Port of Entry seized 27.7 pounds of marijuana Sunday. The drugs were concealed in a wooden door.
"This is one of the more unusual smuggling attempts CBP has encountered at the Presidio port of entry," said David Lambrix, CBP Presidio Port Director. "Smugglers spent a lot of time to construct this elaborate concealment. They are limited only by their imagination."
The seizure was made just before 11 p.m. Sunday when a bus arrived at the port from Mexico. CBP officers initiated an inspection of the passengers and the bus when they began taking a closer look at a wooden door in the luggage compartment. CBP officers used a "Buster" density meter to search the door and received high readings consistent with hidden contraband. They drilled into the door and removed a green substance which tested positive for marijuana. CBP officers continued their exam and located 28 marijuana-filled bundles built into the wooden door. No arrests were made because ownership of the door could not be established. The door and marijuana were seized.
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.