EL PASO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 411 pounds of marijuana in a single seizure Saturday. The seizure was the largest of several drug busts CBP made this weekend.
"CBP officers remain focused and vigilant as they perform their homeland security mission," said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. "Significant quantities of illegal drugs were stopped at the border because of the layers of enforcement we employ every day."
The 411-pound marijuana seizure was made just before 5 a.m. Saturday at the Ysleta international crossing when a 1997 Chevrolet Malibu entered the port from Mexico. A CBP officer working the primary inspection station selected the vehicle for a secondary exam after noting discrepancies in the appearance of the vehicle. CBP officers scanned the vehicle with an x-ray system and spotted several anomalies within the vehicle including the doors, quarter panels and seats. CBP officers continued their exam and located bundles of marijuana concealed in multiple locations inside the vehicle. A total of 396 bundles weighing 411 pounds were seized.
CBP officers took custody of the driver, a 44-year-old male from Socorro, Texas. He was turned over to and arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents in connection with the failed smuggling attempt and booked into the El Paso County jail without bond.
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.