EL PASO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operation officers discovered 52 pounds of marijuana hidden in a vehicle's floorboard at the Bridge of Americas border crossing in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday morning.
A 2012 Nissan Sentra driven by an 18-year-old female U.S. citizen arrived from Mexico at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing in El Paso, Texas, at approximately 9 a.m., on October 8, 2019.
"The CBP officer at the primary inspection booth noted several issues during the initial exam," read a statement from CBP. "The officer then spotted what appeared to be hidden contraband under the floor carpeting."
Using several tools, including a "Buster" density meter, an x-ray scan, and a drug-sniffing dog, CBP officers confirmed the presence of narcotics hidden within the vehicle's floorboard — discovering 45 bundles of marijuana in hidden compartments.
The driver was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations to face charges for drug smuggling.
“Homeland security is our priority mission however the inspections we perform will often turn up other violations,” stated Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director. “The vigilance of the CBP workforce stopped this shipment from reaching its destination.”