EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry made eight drug seizures Tuesday. CBP officers seized 513 pounds of marijuana in seven enforcement actions and 17.4 pounds of cocaine in one additional bust.
“CBP officers remain vigilant knowing the smuggling threat remains high in our area,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director. “Their continued dedication to duty stopped these drug loads.”
In one of the largest seizures of the day CBP officers working at the Paso Del Norte international crossing seized 104.8 pounds of marijuana. Just before 9 a.m. CBP officers encountered a lone male driving a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. A CBP officer at the primary inspection station selected the vehicle for a secondary exam. CBP officers scanned the vehicle with the Z-portal x-ray system and spotted anomalies in the appearance of the vehicle. A CBP drug sniffing dog searched the car and alerted to narcotics in the bumper. CBP officers continued their exam and located 94 marijuana filled bundles in the cars bumpers.
CBP officers arrested the driver, 21-year-old Kim Netza Alvarado of El Paso, Texas. The driver was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI special agents to face charges associated with the failed drug smuggling attempt.
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.