PRESIDIO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Presidio port of entry made two drug busts this weekend, seizing 231 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $184,800.
“CBP officers remain vigilant to all threats including drug smuggling,” said Steven Green, acting CBP Presidio Port Director. “A considerable amount of marijuana did not reach its intended destination because of the layers of security CBP employs at the Presidio port of entry.”
The first seizure was made just before 6 a.m. Friday when a 1998 Ford Expedition entered the port from Mexico. CBP officers selected the vehicle for a secondary examination. CBP officers scanned the vehicle using the Z-Portal x-ray system and noted anomalies in the appearance of the fuel tank and quarter panels. CBP officers removed the fuel tank and located 42 marijuana-filled bundles. They also discovered another 40 bundles within the quarter panels of the vehicle. The seized drugs weighed 87 pounds.
CBP officers arrested the driver of the vehicle, 22-year-old Adrian Espinoza of Fort Worth, Texas. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations special agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
The second weekend seizure was made just after 8 a.m. Saturday when a 2012 Ford Fusion entered the port from Mexico. CBP officers selected the vehicle for a secondary examination after detecting an issue with the car. CBP officers scanned the vehicle using the Z-Portal x-ray system and noted several anomalies in the appearance of the vehicle. CBP officers removed 97 marijuana-filled bundles from several locations in the car. The seized drugs weighed 144 pounds. No arrests were made and the investigation continues.
In addition to the two drug seizures, CBP officers working at the Presidio port of entry this weekend apprehended two wanted fugitives and also stopped two people attempting to enter the U.S. using fraudulent entry documents. 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.