U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at El Paso are ports of entry made 12 recent marijuana seizures. The seizure activity began Thursday and continued through Monday.
“Whether its big ports or smaller ports, our CBP Officers continue to find drugs, bugs and thugs,” said Ana Hinojosa, CBP Director of Field Operations in El Paso.
“There are many ways that people try to sneak bad things or people into our country. Our officers are doing what they can to keep our part of America safe.”
In the largest seizure of the period, CBP officers at the Paso Del Norte International Bridge made a seizure at approximately 1:26 pm Friday when CBP officers seized 286 pounds of marijuana from a 20-year-old male from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
The seizure was made when a 1991 GMC 1500 Pick-Up was selected for inspection and CBP drug sniffing dog “Lady” alerted to the rear bed area of the vehicle. CBP officers discovered 257 packages concealed in a false bed compartment of the pick-up. The contents of the bundles tested positive for marijuana.
CBP officers at the port arrested the driver, Marco Antonio Moya Vega and turned him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents to face federal charges including importation of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. He was booked into the El Paso County Jail where he is being held without bond.