U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio Port of Entry seized a total of 187.9 lbs. of marijuana in two separate seizures Saturday.
The first apprehension happened at 1 p.m. Saturday, when a CBP K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics in a 2007 Pontiac G6. In secondary inspection, officers noticed discrepancies in rear floor board of the vehicle. An x-ray scan of the car showed anomalies in the vehicle’s floor board. One-hundred eleven bundles of marijuana, weighing 126.3 lbs., were removed from the vehicle. The vehicle was being driven by a 19-year-old male Mexican citizen from Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico.
The second apprehension took place at 9 p.m. Saturday, when a 1998 Ford Expedition driven by a 24-year-old United States citizen male driver from Fort Stockton was sent to secondary for an intensive inspection. A Z-Portal scan of the vehicle revealed anomalies in the rear area of the vehicle. Further inspection of the interior of the vehicle led to the discovery of a stereo speaker with unusual weight. Breakdown of the speaker revealed 43 bundles containing a substance which field-tested positive for the properties of marijuana. The drugs weighed 61.6 lbs.
“Although the main goal of CBP is to protect the United States from terrorism and prevent terrorists from making entry into the United States our officers are highly trained in the detection and interception of drugs along our ports of entry,” said acting Port Director Steven Green.
Both drivers were turned over to and arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents in connection with the failed smuggling attempts.
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.