Shipment of marijuana seized at Presidio Port of Entry
PRESIDIO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 149 pounds of marijuana Friday afternoon. The drug was concealed within the fuel tank, rear quarter panels, spare tire and dashboard of a SUV.
“This seizure reminds us a smuggler will use all available places in a vehicle to smuggle narcotics,” said Michael Neipert, CBP Presidio Port Director, “Our officers are trained to do complete inspections in order to discover any and all narcotics possibly concealed within a conveyance.”
The seizure was made just before 2 p.m. Friday when a lone, male driver applied for entry driving a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The CBP officer noted several issues and sent the vehicle to secondary for an inspection.
In secondary a narcotics detector dog alerted to the presence of narcotics. The vehicle was sent for an x-ray exam where anomalies were seen in the rear quarter panels, fuel tank, spare tire and dashboard.
All total 222 bundles were extracted from the vehicle with each bundle containing a green leafy substance. A field test of the substance tested positive for the properties of marijuana.
CBP officers took custody of the driver, a 58-year-old United States citizen. He was arrested and 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.