PRESIDIO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 125 pounds of marijuana Tuesday night. The drugs have an estimated street value of $100,000.
"CBP officers used a variety of tools and techniques to locate this well hidden drug load," said CBP Presidio Port Director David Lambrix. "CBP officers are working hard and remain vigilant as they carefully screen all arriving people and goods at the Presidio port."
The seizure was made at approximately 5:00 p.m. when a 1997 Chevrolet truck entered the port from Mexico. A CBP officer working at the primary inspection booth selected the vehicle for a secondary exam after the driver seemed uncomfortable during routine questioning. CBP officers used a fiber optic scope to look into the fuel tank of the truck and spotted a number of anomalies. CBP drug sniffing dog "Basa" searched the vehicle and alerted to the gas tank. The gas tank was removed and opened revealing two large metal boxes inside. The boxes were cut open. They contained highly compressed marijuana. The drugs weighed 125 pounds.
CBP officers took custody of the driver, 22-year-old Manuel Alejandro Ramirez Rodriguez of Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents on 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.