Presidio, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 143 pounds of marijuana Saturday. The drugs were concealed in the ceiling of a vehicle. The seized marijuana has an estimated street value of $114,400.
“CBP has discovered drugs in just about every imaginable location of a vehicle,” said Steven Green, acting Presidio Port Director. “Smugglers worked hard to conceal this load but CBP officers worked harder to find it.”
The seizure was made just before 10 p.m. Saturday when a 1999 Ford Expedition entered the port from Mexico. A CBP officer at the primary inspection booth interviewed the driver and then selected the vehicle for a secondary inspection. CBP scanned the vehicle with the Z-Portal x-ray system and noted anomalies in the appearance of the ceiling. CBP officers continued their exam and located numerous tape-wrapped bundles concealed in a hidden ceiling compartment. CBP officers removed 202 marijuana-filled bundles from the compartment.
CBP officer arrested the driver of the truck. He is identified as 21-year-old Alain Amador Ramos Cordova of Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations special agents to face charges associated 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.