POSTED: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 3:57pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 4:43pm
COLUMBUS, NM — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Columbus port of entry seized 295 pounds of marijuana Tuesday. The drugs were concealed in a vehicle being driven by a 66-year-old Deming man.
CBP officers took custody of the driver, Benjamin Espino, a legal permanent resident from Mexico who lives in Deming, New Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HIS special agents to face federal charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.
“CBP officers at the Columbus port encounter smugglers of every generation. We have caught teenagers, young adults, middle aged people and senior citizens attempting to smuggle drugs from Mexico,” said CBP Columbus port director Robert Reza. “CBP officers understand the threat is constant and therefore remain vigilant as they perform their important mission.”