El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations was able to make two separate marijuana busts at the Presidio port of entry over the weekend, ultimately yielding 231 pounds of marijuana. The estimated total value of the seizure is $184,000.
The first seizure was made before 6:00 a.m. Friday April 3, when a 1998 Ford Expedition entered the port from Mexico. CBP selected the vehicle for a secondary inspection where the Z-portal x-ray system detected anomalies in the Expedition's fuel tank and quarter panels.
Upon further inspection, CBP discovered 42-marijuana bundles located in the fuel tank and an additional 40 bundles within the quarter panels. The drugs weighed 87 pounds total. The Expedition's driver, 22-year-old Adrian Espinoza of Forth Worth was turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations agents to face charges associated with the smuggling attempt.
“CBP officers remain vigilant to all threats including drug smuggling,” said Steven Green, acting CBP Presidio Port Director. “A considerable amount of marijuana did not reach its intended destination because of the layers of security CBP employs at the Presidio port of entry.”
The second seizure happened after 8:00 a.m. Saturday when a 2012 Ford Fusion entered the port from Mexico. Again, the Fusion was selected for secondary screening where the Z-Portal machine detected anomalies. CBP Officers were able to remove 97 bundles filled with marijuana from several locations in the car. In total, officers were able to seize 144 pounds of marijuana .
CBP Officers did not make an arrest in the second seizure, but the investigation is ongoing.
In addition to the two drug seizures CBP officers working at the Presidio port of entry this weekend apprehended two wanted fugitives and also stopped two people attempting to enter the U.S. using fraudulent entry documents. While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.