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CBP Officers snag large marijuana load at Columbus Port of Entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Columbus port of entry seized 334 pounds of marijuana earlier this week.

CBP officers found the load just after 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, when a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado arrived for inspection from Mexico.

The CBP officer at the primary inspection referred the driver for an intensive inspection, during which they located the drug load hidden in the truck’s bed.

“CBP Officers at the Columbus port of entry remain vigilant and focused on all threats in an effort to protect our country and community from dangerous drugs,” said Columbus Port Director Tony Hall. “Officer experience and technology played a vital role in stopping this attempt to smuggle over 300 pounds of marijuana.”

The driver, 20 year old Inocente Rivera of Ascensión, Chihuahua, Mexico appeared in federal court in Las Cruces, New Mexico on May 15 for an initial appearance on a criminal complaint charging him with possession with intent to distribute 164.4 kilograms of marijuana.

According to the criminal complaint, Rivera allegedly committed the offense in Luna County, New Mexico on May 12.

“He tried to enter the United States at the port of entry in Columbus, New Mexico allegedly with 305 wrapped bundles of marijuana hidden in the cargo bed of the vehicle he was driving,” CBP officials shared from the complaint. “Rivera allegedly intended to distribute the smuggled marijuana in the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers inspected the vehicle and located the hidden contraband.”

Rivera is currently in custody pending a detention hearing on May 19; if convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison.  CBP officials add that a criminal complaint is only an accusation; a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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CBP nabs large load of marijuana hidden in trailer at Santa Teresa Port of Entry

 U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Santa Teresa commercial facility seized 352 pounds of marijuana Tuesday afternoon.

CBP officers located the drug load in the frame of a flat-bed trailer making entry from Mexico.

“Although anti-terrorism is our primary mission, we remain vigilant to ensure commercial entries are safe and that cargo and conveyances are free of contraband,” said CBP Santa Teresa Port Director Fernando Thome. “I commend the attentiveness of the CBP officers for finding narcotics in what was manifested as an empty trailer.”

CBP officials say the incident began just after 3 p.m., when a tractor-trailer arrived for inspection through the cargo lanes. The CBP officer at the primary inspection booth noticed irregularities during the initial encounter and referred the vehicle for an intensive inspection.

Officers in the secondary examination area used various tools to confirm the presence of drugs, including an X-ray scan and screening by a drug-sniffing dog.

CBP officers removed 130 marijuana-filled bundles from beams that are a part of the trailer.

The drugs were seized and the case remains under investigation.

CBP snags $66k of pot at Ysleta Port of Entry on Monday

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted 82.5 pounds of marijuana yesterday at the Ysleta Port of Entry (POE), which carries a value of approximately $66,040.

The seizure was made at the Ysleta POE at approximately 9:00 p.m. after a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado truck arrived at the port from Mexico. A CBP officer at the primary inspection station discovered the drug cache with the assistance of CBP drug-sniffing dog, “Buster” when the canine alerted to the fuel tank area.

bundles in tankCBP officers examined the gas tank further and ultimately removed a total of 78 bundles of marijuana from the tank area. The marijuana had an approximate weight of 82.55 pounds.

“As we continue to see, the holidays are not exempt from smugglers attempting to bring illicit drugs into the United States through our international ports of entry”, according to Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director.

CBP officers arrested the driver of the load, a 26-year old male from Delicias, Mexico. The Assistant U.S. Attorney accepted the case for prosecution. The vehicle and narcotics were seized by CBP as evidence.

 

Author: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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