El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Santa Teresa, N.M. port of entry made two marijuana seizures Wednesday, including one bust where the drugs were found concealed in the rails of a gooseneck vehicle hauler.
"Smuggling organizations will use every imaginable concealment method to try to get narcotics through our international ports of entry." said Charles L. Wright, port director for CBP in Santa Teresa. "To most people, this was just travelers crossing the port of entry hauling a trailer and another with tile, but to the well trained CBP narcotic detector dog, it was a smuggling attempt."
The larger of the two seizures was made at 4:15 p.m. when a 39-year-old man of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, driving a 1999 Ford Ranger hauling a homemade gooseneck trailer, arrived from Mexico and told officers he had nothing to declare other than the trailer. He said he was going to use the trailer to pick up his sister's vehicle and export it to Mexico. CBP officers initiated an exam of the vehicle during which CBP drug sniffing dog Chile alerted to the trailer.
CBP officers probed one of the trailer rails and found a green leafy substance. The contests tested positive for marijuana. CBP officers removed a total of 44 pounds of marijuana.
The second seizure was made at approximately 6:11 p.m. when a 53-year-old man of El Paso, Texas driving a 1996 Ford F-150 told officers that he had tile to declare. CBP drug-sniffing dog Chile searched the truck and alerted to the two tile boxes in the bed of the truck. The truck was taken to a separate inspection area where an extensive inspection of the boxes was conducted. CBP officers discovered that the center tiles of each box had been hollowed out and found marijuana-filled packages concealed inside. CBP officers discovered a total of 16 packages with a weight of 17.49 pounds.
CBP officers arrested both drivers and then turned them over to the Las Cruces, N.M. Narcotic Task Force agents.
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.