PRESIDIO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 1,666 pounds of marijuana Friday afternoon. The drugs were in a commercial entry of clay tile.
“History has shown us that narcotics smuggling attempts come in all modes of travel and in different quantities,” said Michael Neipert, CBP Presidio Port Director. “CBP officers must remain vigilant knowing that the next traveler or entry they encounter may be the one representing a risk to our nation.”
The seizure occurred at 3:30 p.m. Friday when a commercial shipment of clay tile on a flatbed trailer driven by a Mexican male citizen made entry at the Presidio cargo facility. The bill of lading presented to the cargo officer described the shipment as 16 pallets of Saltillo clay tile.
CBP officers directed the shipment to the cargo dock for an intensive inspection. A CBP canine sweep of the shipment resulted in a positive alert for contraband. The pallets were off loaded onto the dock where officers discovered boxes containing narcotics. CBP officers discovered single drug bundles in 128 of the boxes included in the shipment. Each bundle weighed about 13 pounds. The shipment of tile, tractor and flatbed trailer were seized. 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.