COLUMBUS, N.M.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Columbus port of entry seized 14.9 pounds of marijuana from a 16-year-old Deming girl Tuesday. It was one of four enforcement actions involving residents of Deming during a busy day at the Columbus crossing.
The juvenile drug seizure was made just before 11:00 a.m. when a 1998 Lincoln Town Car being driven by a 16-year-old Deming girl arrived at the port. A CBP officer performing the primary inspection selected the vehicle for a closer examination. CBP drug-sniffing dog "Domi" alerted to the interior of the vehicle. CBP officers scanned the vehicle with an X-ray unit and noted anomalies in the appearance of the seats of the car. CBP officers probed the seats and recovered a green substance which tested positive for marijuana. CBP officers removed 12 marijuana-filled packages from the seats. The violator was turned over to the local Border Operations Task Force.
"CBP officers use various layers of enforcement to perform their mission," said CBP Columbus Port Director Robert Reza. "In this case it was the expertise of the CBP officer, the nose of a canine, and high technology working together to stop this drug load."
CBP officers at the port made an additional marijuana bust Tuesday. They discovered 38 pounds of the drug hidden in the doors of a Kia Spectra being driven by 45-year-old Mark S. Robbins of Deming. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI special agents to face federal charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.
CBP officers working at the port also encountered a 16-year-old Deming boy who had been reported as missing. He was turned over to Luna County Sheriff's officers. They also seized 22 cock fighting spurs from a 31-year-old Deming man who attempted to import the prohibited items from Mexico.
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 routinely 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.