EL PASO, Texas — More than a ton of marijuana, valued at over $2.1 million, was discovered and seized from two commercial loads entering the United States at the El Paso port of entry on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
The first seizure occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m. when a 2006 GMC C7500 hauling a commercial quantity of aluminum foil entered the Bridge of the Americas commercial port of entry. The vehicle, arriving from Mexico, was referred for a secondary inspection involving the use of x-ray and a canine.
The canine, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, alerted to the positive presence of narcotics leading to the discovery of 626 bundles of marijuana co-mingled with boxes of aluminum foil. The bundles weighed 1,056.5 pounds.
Later that night, at approximately 9:07 p.m., a 2007 International commercial semi-truck bearing hauling an empty flatbed bearing was referred for secondary inspection.
"An x-ray inspection yielded positive anomalies within the floor of the empty flatbed," stated CBP. "A canine enforcement officer and his narcotics/concealed human detector dog conducted a sweep of the semi-truck and flatbed resulting in a positive alert to the presence of narcotics."
Agents discovered 419 bundles of marijuana weighing 1,577.4 pounds.
In total, in the two separate enforcement actions on Wednesday, agents seized 2,633.9 pounds of marijuana valued at approximately $2,107,120.
“The cargo environment is challenging as the varying types of vehicles and commodities provide smugglers numerous places to hide contraband," stated Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations. “The layered enforcement approach CBP utilizes helped in making these seizures. Drug sniffing dogs, high technology, and officer expertise all contributed to this enforcement action.”
The investigation in both cases continues.