EL PASO, TEXAS -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operation officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 55 separate packages of marijuana totaling 60.70 pounds and made one arrest on Thursday. The drugs have an estimated street value of $48,560.
The seizure was made at approximately 9:00 a.m. concealed inside a rear cargo/trunk compartment of a 2005 Mazda Tribute.
CBP canine, “Buster” assisted in locating the contraband by alerting on the rear of the vehicle. The seizure was the result of pre-primary roving operations at the port. CBP officers ultimately utilized the Z-portal x-ray system to spot the anomalies in the cargo area of the vehicle. CBP officers continued their exam and located the contraband.
The 19-year old U.S. Citizen driver of the vehicle from El Paso was taken into custody and faces charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
55 packages of marijuana with an estimated street value of $48,560 siezed at El Paso port of entry
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.