Photo: Mother and Kids with Lots of Pot
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 1,061 pounds of marijuana in a single seizure Tuesday. A New Mexico woman traveling with her two children was arrested in connection with the smuggling attempt. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $848,800.
The seizure occurred Tuesday just after 11:00 p.m. at the Ysleta international crossing at the El Paso port of entry when a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup arrived from Mexico. CBP officers initiated an exam and then selected the vehicle for a secondary exam. CBP drug sniffing dog “Johan” searched the truck and alerted to the presence of drugs. CBP officers pulled back a portion of a quarter panel and spotted a bundle. A full inspection of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of drugs in the panels, gas tank, floor and spare tire of the truck. CBP officers recovered 518 marijuana-filled weighing 1,061 pounds from the vehicle.
CBP officers took custody of the driver, 32-year-old Palma Lyon of Socorro, New Mexico. She is currently detained at the El Paso County jail with no bond. The children were turned over to a relative.