El Paso, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 857 pounds of marijuana Friday. The drugs were concealed in a passenger bus which entered the U.S. from Mexico at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing.
“The thorough and comprehensive inspections performed by CBP officers on all modes of transport generated this significant drug seizure,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. “Several layers of enforcement helped identify this large drug load.”
The seizure was made shortly after 6:00 a.m. when a 1993 Dina bus entered the port of entry. A CBP officer interviewed the driver, who was the sole occupant of the passenger bus, and then selected the vehicle for an intensive exam. CBP drug sniffing dog “Gator” alerted to the bus. CBP officers then x-rayed the vehicle and noted anomalies in the appearance of the vehicle. CBP officers continued their exam and located non-factory compartments in the front wheel well area of the bus. CBP officers removed 754 marijuana-filled bundles from the compartments. No arrests were made and the investigation continues.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers’ primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.