El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso, Texas port of entry commercial cargo facilities seized 3,838.12 pounds of marijuana in two busts yesterday.
"These are impressive interceptions in our cargo facilities," said William "Bill" Molaski, CBP El Paso Port Director. "Today's interdiction removes a sizeable amount of marijuana from the streets of our communities and the reach of our youth."
The larger of the two seizures was made at approximately 7:25 p.m. when a 1994 International tractor hauling a trailer containing capacitors entered the Ysleta cargo facility from Mexico. CBP officers selected the vehicle for a gamma-ray exam and identified several anomalies in the commodity. The vehicle was moved to the inspection dock where CBP drug sniffing dog "Bianca" searched the trailer and alerted to the boxes in the trailer. CBP officers inspected the boxes and found bundles wrapped in carbon paper concealed inside. CBP officers removed a total of 951 bundles. The contents of the bundles tested positive for marijuana with an approximate weight of 3,266.56 pounds.
The first seizure was made at approximately 4:49 p.m. when a 1998 Freightliner trailer hauling a trailer containing giant wooden spools entered the BOTA cargo facility from Mexico. CBP officers selected the vehicle for a gamma-ray exam and identified several anomalies in the appearance of the trailer. The vehicle was moved to the inspection dock where CBP drug sniffing dog "Pyro" searched the trailer and alerted to the front wall. CBP officers discovered a false wall at the front of the trailer and found numerous tape wrapped bundles hidden inside. CBP officers removed a total of 520 marijuana-filled bundles. The seized marijuana weighed 571.56 pounds.
No arrests were made and investigations are continuing.
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.