Eagle Pass, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry intercepted more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana on Wednesday at Bridge II.
The seizure took place at the commercial import lot when a CBP officer referred a 1997 Freightliner tractor - pulling a flatbed trailer, driven by a 42-year-old Mexican citizen, manifesting a shipment of ceramic bricks - for secondary examination.
At secondary, a CBP canine enforcement officer and his narcotics detector dog "Tex" conducted an inspection of the tractor that yielded a positive alert for the odor of narcotics emanating from the commodity. A non-intrusive imaging system scan of the cargo resulted in anomalies being detected within the ceramic bricks. CBP officers shattered open the ceramic bricks and discovered 2,100 packages weighing 2,489 pounds of marijuana concealed within.
CBP officers at the import lot seized the shipment of ceramic bricks and the marijuana that has an estimated street value of $2,489,000.
CBP officers referred the case to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further investigation.
"This significant bulk seizure of marijuana can be attributed to the vigilance, dedication and technological resources CBP officers utilize in clearing commercial shipments," said Cynthia O. Rodriguez, port director, Eagle Pass. "Their efforts in securing our borders also help keep these drugs off the streets."
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.