PRESIDIO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized a total of 216 pounds of marijuana in a pair of recent seizures.
“The primary mission of CBP is to protect the United States from terrorists and prevent terrorists from making entry into the United States,” stated CBP Presidio Port Director John Deputy. “The tools we use to support that mission will often lead our highly trained officers to other violations including the detection and interception of drugs at our ports of entry.”
The first apprehension occurred April 12 when a CBP canine detector dog alerted to the bumper of a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero. An x-ray scan of the vehicle revealed anomalies in the front bumper, front seats and rear seats of the vehicle. Eight metal boxes containing 108 bundles of marijuana were removed from the vehicle. The vehicle was driven by a 22-year-old female Mexican national.
The second apprehension took place April 13. A 1998 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 41-year-old Mexican male driver was sent to secondary for an intensive inspection. A Z-Portal scan of the vehicle revealed anomalies in all four tires. Dismantling of the tires resulted in the discovery of four metal collars in each of the tires. A total of 123 pounds of marijuana were removed from the collars.
Both drivers were turned over to and arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents in connection with the failed smuggling attempts.
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.