More than 200 pounds of marijuana seized at El Paso port of entry

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 232 pounds of marijuana at the El Paso port of entry on Thursday.

According to a news release, it happened just after 5 a.m. after a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to the pickup truck that was attempting to cross into the U.S. from Mexico.

Officers later found more than 200 drug-filled bundles located in hidden compartments inside the walls of the bed of the truck.

The driver, a 24-year-old U.S. citizen from Santa Fe, was turned over to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office for prosecution, according to the release.

“CBP officers remain focused on their mission and are stopping violators every day,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations. “In addition to the marijuana load, CBP officers at El Paso area ports also stopped three NCIC fugitives and a shipment of ketamine Thursday.”

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