EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 88.6 pounds of marijuana in one seizure Thursday. The drug bust was one of 21 drug seizures made during the seven period ending midnight November 16. CBP officers working at area ports also recorded more than 40 enforcement actions in other categories during the week.
“The drug smuggling threat remains consistent and dedicated CBP officers are focused on stopping this illicit flow while facilitating legitimate trade and travel,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director. “In addition to narcotics smuggling CBP officers performing their primary homeland security mission are also identifying numerous violations in other areas as well.”
The 88.6 pound marijuana seizure was the most recent drug bust occurring at just after 8 p.m. Thursday night when a 2000 Nissan Sentra with single male driver entered the Ysleta international crossing from Mexico. The vehicle was selected for a secondary exam during which a CBP drug sniffing dog also alerted to multiples locations of the car. CBP officers discovered 80 marijuana-filled bundles in the trunk and engine compartment.
CBP officers took custody of the driver, a 33-year-old Mexican citizen. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI special agents to face charges associated with the failed drug smuggling attempt.
CBP officers working at El Paso area ports of entry recorded 21 drug busts this week including 1,638 pounds of marijuana in 16 seizures and 37.5 pounds of cocaine in five seizures.
It was also a busy week in regards to agriculture enforcement. CBP agriculture specialists recorded 17 violations resulting in penalties of $3,475 being assessed. Prohibited agricultural items seized this week included pork, pork chorizo, pork skins, bologna, raw chicken, guavas, potatoes, apples, kiwis, oranges, avocados, hawthorns, and pomegranates.
CBP officers working at area ports this week also recorded 13 NCIC apprehensions, eight intellectual property rights seizures, four illegal export cases and one currency smuggling incident.
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.