Brothers, Sister Busted In Alleged Smuggling Attempt
EL PASO, Texas – Two brothers and their sister were caught Tuesday morning trying to allegedly cross over 130 pounds of marijuana in the Dodge Ram they were driving.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered the load shortly after 4 a.m. at the Ysleta international crossing. A CBP officer performing the primary inspection received a negative declaration from the occupants of the truck. CBP drug sniffing dog “Udo” alerted to the vehicle during the primary inspection so CBP officers initiated a secondary exam on the vehicle. During the exam the CBP officers located a false compartment in the floor of the truck holding 120 marijuana-filled bundles.
CBP officers took custody of the three occupants including the driver, 24-year-old Porfirio Devora, 23-year-old passenger Rosio Devora Aguayo, and 22-year-old passenger Richard Devora. The three El Paso siblings were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI special agents to face federal charges.
“CBP officers encounter a wide variety of people attempting to smuggle drugs,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. “Nevertheless it is unusual to see a case where three siblings are all arrested in a single incident. This illustrates why CBP officers must remain vigilant and professional in every encounter they have with members of the traveling public.”
CBP officers working at area ports of entry made three additional marijuana seizures Tuesday confiscating 166 pounds of the drug. They also recorded eight immigration violations, apprehended four wanted people, made two agricultural seizures, identified two export violations and made one currency seizure during the 24-hour period.