PROGRESO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Progreso/Donna Port of Entry confiscated a total of 1,960 pounds of marijuana in two separate seizures which took place over the last couple of days.
“These narcotics interceptions are a direct result of layered enforcement and excellent observational skills by our CBP officers,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Progreso/Donna Port of Entry. “I commend their hard work and dedication to the CBP mission.”
On Monday, April 24, CBP officers assigned to the Progreso International Bridge Cargo Facility encountered a white 1975 Kenworth tractor hauling a commercial shipment of fine grain marble on a flatbed trailer. The conveyance was referred for a secondary inspection for a routine secondary exam. During the secondary inspection, CBP officers detected inconsistencies in the commodity and subsequently extracted 140 packages containing a total of 854 pounds of alleged marijuana concealed within the commodity.
On Friday, April 21, CBP officers working the Progreso International Bridge Cargo Facility encountered a white 1996 Volvo tractor hauling a commercial shipment of cinder block on a flatbed trailer. The conveyance was referred for a secondary inspection after the primary officer observed discrepancies within the trailer. In secondary, CBP officers extracted 333 packages containing a total of 1,106 pounds of alleged marijuana concealed within the flatbed trailer.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics, both seizures have a combined value of approximately $484,793. The case remains under investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents.
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.