SANTA TERESA, NM -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operation officers working at the Santa Teresa port of entry seized 90 pounds of marijuana Thursday. The drugs have an estimated street value of $72,000.
“Smugglers went to great lengths to conceal this drug load within custom made metal boxes,” said CBP Santa Teresa Port Director Ray Provencio. “Ultimately the hard work of CBP officers stopped this shipment at the port of entry.”
The seizure was made at approximately 8:30 p.m. when a 2000 Ford Ranger pickup truck arrived at the port from Mexico. A CBP officer at the primary inspection station selected the vehicle for a secondary exam.
CBP drug sniffing dog “Roma” searched the vehicle and alerted to the fuel tank. CBP officers x-rayed the vehicle and spotted anomalies in the gas tank. The gas tank was removed and opened revealing two large metal boxes concealed within. The boxes were cut open exposing two large compressed bricks of marijuana.
CBP officers arrested the driver, 44-year-old David Moran Salas of Aquiles Serdan, Chihuahua, Mexico. 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.
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.