Photo: Truck Loaded with Pot in spare tire
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Fabens, Texas port of entry seized 754 pounds of marijuana Saturday.
Smugglers left no void empty in sending this vehicle across the border,” said CBP Fabens Port Director Donna Sifford. “CBP officers removed drugs from no fewer than eight different locations in the pick-up truck.”
The seizure was made just after 9 a.m. when a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup entered the port from Mexico. CBP drug sniffing dog “Eros” searched the truck and alerted to the presence of drugs.
CBP officers used a fiber optic scope and spotted bundles in the fuel tank. An x-ray scan of the vehicle identified suspicious packaging in multiple locations. CBP officers continue their exam and removed marijuana-filled bundles from the gas tank, front and rear fenders, door, tailgate, dashboard, backset and spare tire. CBP officers removed a total 704 bundles weighing 754 pounds.
“This is a huge quantity to be hidden in a passenger vehicle,” said Sifford.
CBP officers took custody of the driver, 38-year-old Maria Teresa Leos, of Clint, Texas.