More than 135 pounds of drugs found at El Paso port of entry

El Paso News
Border drug bust

More than 135 pounds of drugs were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at an El Paso port of entry on Oct. 16.

Two busts produced about 120 pounds of marijuana and a third bust found about 16.5 pounds of cocaine, according to a CBP news release.

The largest bust was made at about 6 a.m. at the Ysleta International crossing. A 2015 Dodge Dakota was crossing from Mexico when CBP officers selected it for a secondary exam.

A drug sniffing dog alerted officers to the car and an x-ray showed several anomalies, the release said.

Bundles of marijuana, with a total weight of 68 pounds, were found in the doors and fuel tank. 

The driver, a 20-year-old U.S. citizen was arrested and is facing charges from Homeland Security Investigations.

“CBP officers are hard at work maintaining the free flow of legitimate trade and travel while upholding all our enforcement missions,” said Ray Provencio, acting CBP El Paso port director in the release.

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