El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized just less than one ton of marijuana Tuesday. The seizure was made at the Ysleta international crossing commercial cargo facility.
"CBP officers process thousands of commercial trucks in El Paso every day without incident however this seizure shows that we must remain vigilant because smugglers will try to any available means and method to cross their illegal goods into the U.S.," said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director.
The seizure was made Tuesday afternoon when a 2001 Freightliner hauling a shipment of rolled roofing paper entered the port from Mexico. CBP officers selected the shipment for a secondary dock examination. CBP drug sniffing dog "Kazan" searched the shipment and alerted to the rolls. CBP officers unrolled one roll and discovered that smugglers cut rectangular spaces into the commodity and filled those with bundles of marijuana. CBP officers removed a total of 1,728 bundles from the 192 rolls of roofing paper. The drugs weighed 1,814 pounds. No arrests were made and the investigation continues.
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.