ANTELOPE WELLS, N.M.—
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Antelope Wells port of entry seized 128 pounds of marijuana Friday. Two Arizona men were arrested in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.
"CBP officers working at the Antelope Wells port of entry perform thorough and intensive inspections of all arriving people and vehicles," said Edward Sinderson, acting CBP Columbus port director. "It is a remote crossing however the professionalism displayed by CBP officers stationed there is equal to that of any other port of entry in the nation."
The seizure occurred just after 9:00 a.m. when a 2008 Pontiac Grand Am with two occupants arrived at the port of entry. CBP officers initiated an exam and noticed discrepancies in the appearance of the vehicle. The exam continued and CBP officers detected marijuana in the rear bumper of the car. A complete exam of the suspect car resulted in the discovery of 111 marijuana-filled packages.
Drugs were discovered in the rear bumper, all four doors, center console, firewall, rear seats, floor and air filter housing. The drugs weighed 128 pounds.
CBP officers took custody of the two occupants. The driver was 26-year-old Aldo Alvarado of Pima, Arizona. The passenger was 19-year-old Raul Mora of Phoenix, Arizona. Both men were turned over to and arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI 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.