PRESIDIO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 124 pounds of marijuana Monday morning.
“CBP officers are working hard and remain vigilant to stop the flow of contraband at the Presidio port of entry,” said John Deputy, CBP Presidio Port Director. “Officer experience coupled with modern technology is a win-win combination.”
The seizure was made at approximately 7:00 a.m. Monday when a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck entered the port from Mexico. The primary CBP officer referred the vehicle for an x-ray examination where anomalies were observed in all four tires. CBP officers continued their exam and found that all four wheels of the car had specially made metal collars attached to the rims. The collars were filled with marijuana.
CBP officers arrested the driver of the truck, 53-year-old Jose Antonio Tarango, a United States citizen fromvf Odessa, Texas. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI special agents to face federal charges 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.