CBP Seizes Nearly 1500 Pounds of Marijuana

POSTED: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 1:22pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 5:38pm

EL PASO– CBP officers working at the Bridge of the Americas in El Paso and the Santa Teresa port of entry in New Mexico seized 1,460 pounds of marijuana in a pair of large seizures this weekend.

Two men were arrested in connection with the drug busts.

The Santa Teresa seizure occurred Friday afternoon when an officer’s drug dog, “Dolar”, alerted to the scent of marijuana. CBP officers scanned the vehicle and removed a total of 260 marijuana filled bundles from hidden compartments. The drugs weighed 582 pounds.

CBP officers arrested 36-year-old Hugo Antonio Iguanzo Olivas of Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was turned over to HSI Special agents to face federal charges including importation of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. His spouse and three children were released.

The Bridge of the Americas seizure occurred Saturday morning after a drug dog, “Yuran”, alerted to the scent of marijuana on a bus. CBP officers then scanned the vehicle and removed a total of 690 marijuana filled bundles from a compartment near the rest room. The drugs weighed 878 pounds.

CBP officers arrested 46-year-old Miguel Angel Huchin Magana of Cedalla, Guanajuato, Mexico. The passengers cleared CBP inspection and were allowed to continue their journey.

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