PRESIDIO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 139 pounds of marijuana Friday evening. The drugs were hidden in a six-inch pipe disguised as part of the undercarriage of a gooseneck trailer and in the trailer axles. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $111,200.
"Our officers are ever vigilant for this type of smuggling method," said David Lambrix, CBP Presidio port director. "Hiding contraband in the I-beams and axles of a trailer is not new for the officers, but this a first on using pipes as part of the support frame."
The seizure was made at 8:30 p.m. when a 2000 Chevy Silverado towing an empty gooseneck trailer entered the port from Mexico. The vehicle and trailer were selected for a thorough inspection during which CBP officers noticed a number of anomalies. CBP officers drilled into the center pipe of the trailer frame and produced a substance which tested positive for the properties of marijuana. CBP officers continued the exam and located smaller diameter cylinders filled with tightly packed marijuana inside the larger center pipe. CBP officers also discovered compressed marijuana concealed within the trailer axles.
CBP officers took custody and arrested the driver, 51-year-old Norberto Burciaga, a Mexican national. He was turned over to by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 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.