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CBP Officers at El Paso Port Bust Mother And Daughter Dope Smugglers

El Paso, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers performing anti-terrorism inspections at the El Paso port of entry made six marijuana seizures on Wednesday, seizing 764 pounds of the drug. The estimated street value of the seized drugs is in excess of $750,000.

The largest seizure of the day occurred at approximately 5:20 p.m. at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing when a 1999 Chevrolet Astro Van entered the port from Mexico. A CBP officer at the primary inspection booth requested a canine search of the vehicle after the driver and passenger of the van appeared nervous during a routine interview. CBP drug sniffing dog “Cactus” searched the van and alerted to the floor. CBP officers continued their exam and discovered 53 marijuana-filled bundles hidden in a compartment in the floor of the vehicle. The drugs weighed 223.1 pounds.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special agents arrested the driver and passenger of the van after federal prosecution was accepted. The driver is 34-year-old Martha Patricia Mora De Hernandez of Juarez, Mexico. The passenger is 18-year-old Brianda Martinez of Juarez, Mexico. The two are mother and daughter. Both are currently detained at the El Paso County Jail.  More from BorderFireReport


November 14, 2008 - Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Border Security, trucking | , , ,

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