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CBP Officers snag one ton of pot in 9 different busts

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 2,160 pounds of marijuana in nine seizures during the long holiday weekend period. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $1,728,000.

“CBP officers are working hard and remain vigilant in supporting our primary homeland security mission,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director. “Those inspections will often lead to the discovery of other violations like the drug seizures recorded this weekend.”

One of the largest seizures of the weekend occurred just after 10 a.m. October 9 when CBP officers working at the Bridge of the Americasoct13marijuana2 international crossing seized 421 pounds of marijuana. The drugs were hidden in a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado that arrived at the port from Mexico.

A CBP officer working at the primary inspection booth initiated an exam and noted an issue with the undercarriage of the vehicle. The CBP officer scanned the tailgate and floor of the vehicle and received high readings consistent with hidden contraband.

CBP drug sniffing dog “Bina” searched the vehicle and alerted to the presence of narcotics. CBP officers scanned the vehicle with the Z-Portal x-ray system and spotted anomalies in the appearance of the floor and bed of the vehicle. CBP officers continued their exam and located 202 marijuana-filled bundles hidden in various locations of the vehicle.

CBP officers arrested the driver, 29-year-old Jose Salvador Marquez Nieblas of Chiuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico.

He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.

Author: CBP

Border Patrol Agents snag $189k worth of pot in three incidents

Border Patrol Agents assigned to the El Paso Sector made two large pot busts near the town of Santa Teresa, and a third in El Paso.

On Thursday, Agents from Santa Teresa spotted a Nissan sedan that was associated with a suspected smuggler operating in the area.  Agents grew increasingly suspicious after the vehicle kept driving around cattle pens adjacent to the U.S./Mexico border.

Agents stopped on the vehicle as it was traveling north, toward the Pete Domenici Highway. After the driver consented to a search of the vehicle, agents discovered 44 pounds of marijuana hidden in the trunk and the subject was arrested.

The driver was later identified as 21-year-old Marcos Hernandez, a United States citizen.  Hernandez and the marijuana were transferred to the Santa Teresa Border Patrol Station to further processing.  The value of the marijuana is estimated to be more than $35,000.

Hernandez  and the seized marijuana were then turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.

On Wednesday, September 23rd, Border Patrol Agents from the Santa Teresa Station came across three sets of footprints leading north from the U.S./Mexican border.  The prints led to an area where they discovered three burlap sacks full of marijuana.

Although no smugglers were found in the area, a group of illegal immigrants had been apprehended there the day before. The burlap sacks had a total of 159 pounds of marijuana, with an approximate street value of $127,000.

Shortly after 9:00 p.m. the same day, Agents from the El Paso Station came across a red SUV that momentarily stopped along the eastbound lanes of Cesar Chavez Border Highway, west of the Bridge of Americas Port of Entry.

Agents watched an unidentified male quickly exit the vehicle and hastily walk around the SUV, as if searching for something.  The subject, possibly aware that agents were approaching his position, then drove away. He was stopped by agents a short distance away, due to his suspicious behavior and proximity to the border.

The driver and vehicle were subsequently released without incident, but a search of the area where the driver stopped led to two abandoned backpacks. The backpacks contained 30 pounds of marijuana, valued at $24,000.

The abandoned pot was transported to the El Paso Border Patrol Station and is pending transfer to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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