Talented CBP dog makes another half million dollar bust
POSTED: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 2:46pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:47pm
El Paso, TX — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents seized 656 pounds of marijuana during a single drug bust on early Tuesday morning. Agents estimate the street value of the drugs at $524,800.
“This is a significant loss for the smugglers,” said Francis Brown, acting CBP El Paso Port Director. “A 656-pound drug load is much larger than what we typically see hidden in a car. Most loads fall between 50 and 100 pounds.”
The seizure was made at approximately 12:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing. CBP officers and Border Patrol agents were performing an enforcement operation in the queue of vehicles waiting to enter the U.S. when CBP drug sniffing dog “Shake” alerted to a 1997 Ford F250 pickup truck.
CBP personnel spoke to the driver who reportedly appeared nervous during a routine conversation. CBP officers scanned the vehicle with a Z-Portal x-ray system and noted anomalies in the appearance of the bed and floor of the pickup. CBP officers continued their exam and located 368 bundles of marijuana hidden in the floor and bed area.
CBP officers took custody of the driver, 57-year-old Juan Manuel Torres Herrera of El Paso, Texas. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
In addition to this seizure, CBP officers working at area ports of entry during the last seven days seized 1,290 pounds of marijuana, 3.2 pounds of ecstasy, and 2.4 pounds of cocaine in 14 other drug busts.