ROMA, TEXAS—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Roma Port of Entry seized $158,000 worth of alleged marijuana and arrested a man from Nuevo Leon, Mexico in the process.
"Our CBP officers have stepped up to the plate and intercepted this load of alleged marijuana which although not one of our larger seizures, will still not make its way into our country and possibly cause harm to our younger community members," said Crescencio "Cris" Cantu, Roma port director.
On Sunday morning, November 3, CBP officers working at the Roma-Miguel Aleman International Bridge encountered a two-tone red with silver 1994 Dodge Ram SUV driven by a 41-year-old male Mexican citizen from Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The driver presented his Mexican border crossing card to the CBP officer and was then referred to secondary for a more thorough examination. While conducting the secondary examination and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, Officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the Dodge Ram. CBP officers removed and seized a total of 87 packages of alleged marijuana weighing approximately 71.76 kilograms (158.20 lbs.) and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP arrested the adult male and subsequently released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
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.