PRESIDIO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 122 pounds of marijuana Friday morning. The drugs were hidden in a false floor compartment of a SUV.
“Hiding drugs in a false floor is not an unusual concealment method used by drug smugglers,” said John Deputy, CBP Presidio Port Director. “CBP officers are aware of the various methods traffickers use in trying to get drugs through the port; but the art of the inspection process is to weed out the smuggler from the multitudes of honest travelers.”
The seizure was made just before 9:00 a.m. Friday when a 2003 Lincoln Aviator entered the facility from Mexico. CBP officers selected the vehicle for a thorough inspection and noted an anomaly in the appearance of the floor after a Z-portal x-ray scan. CBP officers inspected the floor of the vehicle and noticed tampering on the floor bolts. Removal of a car seat revealed the false compartment containing several bundles containing green, leafy material which tested positive for the properties of marijuana. CBP officers removed a total of 112 marijuana-filled bundles from the floor of the vehicle.
CBP officers took custody of the male driver, a 24-year-old Mexican national from Chihuahua City, Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.
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.