EL PASO, Texas — A 17-year-old United States citizen was arrested attempting to smuggle more than 100 pounds of marijuana across the Texas-Mexico border last week.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working the Ysleta Port of Entry in El Paso, Texas, notices anomalies in the appearance of a 2000 Ford Taurus attempting to enter the United States from Mexico on Thursday, December 26, 2019, around 9 p.m.
The vehicle, being driven by a 17-year-old United States citizen, was sent for secondary inspection. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection K9 searched the car and alerted to the possible presence of narcotics hidden within the vehicle's bumpers.
"CBP officers scanned the vehicle with the Z-Portal X-ray system and spotted anomalies consistent with hidden contraband," read a statement from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Upon further inspection, officers discovered 90 bundles of marijuana in the front and rear bumpers and the vehicle's doors. In total, 106 pounds of marijuana was seized.
The Texas Department of Public Safety arrested the driver and seized the vehicle and marijuana.
In addition to the marijuana seizure and arrest, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working in the El Paso area also recently made two methamphetamine seizures, apprehended three people being sought on NCIC lookouts, and recorded one agriculture smuggling violation, according to the agency.