El Paso,TX — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Bridge of the Americas commercial cargo facility at the El Paso port of entry seized 453 pounds of marijuana Friday. The estimated street value of the seized marijuana is $362,400.
“CBP officers employed several layers of enforcement to identify and locate this drug load,” said CBP El Paso Port Director Hector Mancha. “Their hard work stopped another significant amount of marijuana from reaching its intended destination.”
The seizure was made after a semi-tractor hauling an empty flatbed trailer entered the port from Mexico. CBP officers selected the conveyance for a non-intrusive x-ray inspection which revealed an anomaly in the forward fifth-wheel area of the trailer. A CBP drug sniffing dog searched the trailer and alerted to the same area. CBP officers drilled the suspect area and recovered a green substance which tested positive for marijuana. The trailer was dismantled and CBP officers recovered 292 marijuana-filled bundles weighing 453 pounds. No arrest was made and the case remains under investigation.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers’ primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.