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Latino Daily News

Tuesday July 17, 2012

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  857 Pounds of Pot on Mexico-to-U.S. Passenger Bus

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 857 pounds of marijuana Friday. The drugs were concealed in a passenger bus which entered the U.S. from Mexico at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing.

The thorough and comprehensive inspections performed by CBP officers on all modes of transport generated this significant drug seizure,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director.

The seizure was made shortly after 6:00 a.m. when a 1993 Dina bus entered the port of entry. A CBP officer interviewed the driver, who was the sole occupant of the passenger bus, and then selected the vehicle for an intensive exam. CBP drug sniffing dog “Gator” alerted to the bus. CBP officers then x-rayed the vehicle and noted anomalies in the appearance of the vehicle. CBP officers continued their exam and located non-factory compartments in the front wheel well area of the bus.

CBP officers removed 754 marijuana-filled bundles from the compartments. No arrests were made and the investigation continues.