CBP uncovers huge marijuana load at Ysleta crossing

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 10:33pm

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, working at the El Paso port of entry, seized 895 pounds of marijuana Tuesday. The drugs, hidden inside a commercial shipment, were estimated at a street value of $716,000.

"Technology played a significant role in locating this drug load," said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. "The drugs were essentially buried under hundreds of pounds of a legitimate commercial product."

Just after 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday, a 1998 Volvo tractor trailer loaded with a shipment of 14 large sacks of marble powder calcium carbonate arrived at the Ysleta commercial crossing from Mexico. CBP officers examined the vehicle and scanned it with an x-ray system. A CBP drug sniffing dog searched the truck and alerted to the pallets of bagged calcium carbonate.

CBP officers removed the large sacks from the pallets and found large marijuana-filled bricks hidden underneath. No arrests were made and the investigation is continuing.


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