PRESIDIO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 74 pounds of marijuana. The drugs were in a vehicle being driven by a 38 year-old Mexican woman.
“CBP officers are highly skilled at conducting interviews,” said John Deputy, CBP Presidio Port Director. “They are very adept at picking up on discrepancies as they obtain declarations at the primary booth.”
The 74-pound marijuana seizure was made just after 2 p.m. Thursday at the Presidio international crossing when a 1997 Jeep Cherokee entered the port from Mexico. A CBP officer working the primary inspection station noted inconsistencies in the traveler’s itinerary and selected the vehicle for a secondary exam. CBP drug sniffing dog “Indi” searched the vehicle and alerted to the presence of drugs.
CBP officers scanned the vehicle with an x-ray system and noted anomalies within the fuel tank of the vehicle. CBP officers continued their exam and located 72 vacuumed packed bundles inside the fuel tank.
CBP officers took custody and arrested the driver. She was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents in connection with the failed 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.
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.