PRESIDIO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Presidio port of entry in west Texas seized 128 pounds of marijuana Tuesday. A 32-year-old Mexican man who resides in Nashville, Tenn. was arrested in the failed smuggling attempt.
"The CBP officers at the Presidio port of entry utilized a number of the enforcement tools at their disposal which resulted in this seizure," said acting CBP Presidio Port Director Jesus Chavez. "CBP officers at the Presidio port are focused on the task of securing our border."
The seizure was made at approximately 6:30 a.m. when a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado entered the port from Mexico. CBP officers selected the vehicle for a secondary examination during which they noticed a number of anomalies in the appearance of the truck. CBP officers scanned the bed of the truck with a "Buster" density meter which provided high readings consistent with hidden contraband. They then drilled into the bed of the pick-up and removed a green substance which tested positive for marijuana. CBP officers x-rayed the vehicle and spotted anomalies in the bed of the truck. A CBP drug sniffing dog also alerted to the truck. CBP officers removed several metal containers from the bed of the truck which held 31 bundles of marijuana. The drugs weighed 128 pounds.
CBP officers took custody of the driver of the vehicle, 32-year-old Sergio Humberto Lopez Flores of Nashville, Tenn. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) HSI special agents and arrested on importation of controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute charges.
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 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.