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CBP Seizes 2 Tons of Marijuana During Cinco De Mayo Weekend

Release Date: 
May 7, 2012

El Paso, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the El Paso area ports of entry seized 4,227 pounds of marijuana this weekend. The drugs were seized in 10 enforcement actions and have a combined estimated street value of $3,381,600.

Marijuana concealed in metal canisters are seized by CBP officers in El Paso, TX

Seized cannisters that contain marijuana

"CBP officers remain vigilant and focused on the mission which this weekend unveiled a variety of smuggling attempts including a cargo shipment, a tour bus and a juvenile," said acting CBP El Paso Port Director of Field Operations David Higgerson.

Metal cannisters such as this one were loaded with marijuana

CBP officers at Ysleta commercial crossing seize marijuana shipment concealed in cannisters.

The largest seizure of the weekend was made Saturday at the Ysleta international crossing commercial cargo lot at the El Paso port of entry. The seizure was made shortly after 2 p.m. when a flatbed trailer hauling a load of irrigation equipment entered the compound from Mexico. CBP officers directed the vehicle to an x-ray unit which showed an anomaly. A CBP drug sniffing dog searched the vehicle and alerted. CBP officers removed 2,566 pounds of marijuana from the shipment. The drugs were concealed in metal canisters that were hidden inside the equipment. No arrests were made and the investigation continues.

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 (CBP) 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017