SANTA TERESA, N.M. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Santa Teresa port of entry seized 4,938 pounds of marijuana Friday. The drugs were concealed in a commercial shipment of two tanker trailers. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $3,950,400.
“This is the largest drug bust at Santa Teresa since February 1, 2002, when a 5,263 pound marijuana seizure was made at the port,” said Steven Jameson, CBP Santa Teresa Assistant Port Director. “Smugglers went to great lengths and spared no expense to create hidden compartments in their failed attempt to defeat the CBP process.”
The seizure was made at approximately 1 p.m. Friday when a flatbed tractor-trailer hauling a shipment of two tankers arrived at the port from Mexico. The shipment was selected for an intensive exam. CBP officers x-rayed the shipment and noted anomalies in the appearance of the tankers.
CBP officers drilled into the suspicious areas in the bottom of both trailers and recovered a green substance which tested positive for marijuana. The tankers were dismantled and CBP officers removed numerous bundles of compressed marijuana from hidden compartments in both tankers. The drugs weighed almost 5,000 pounds. The truck, trailer and tankers were seized. No arrest were made and the investigation continues.
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.