CBP agents seize 238 pounds of pot in two border port busts

PRESIDIO – A pair of U.S. Customs and Border Protection busts at the Presidio Port of Entry netted 238 pounds of pot last week.

At around 5:30am Wednesday, agents intercepted 89 pounds of marijuana after searching a 35-year-old female U.S. citizen’s vehicle.

A total 53 bundles of marijuana were found hidden in the rear quarter panel of the would-be smuggler’s 2011 Chevy HHR, according to a CBP press release.

The second bust occurred shortly after 2pm after a narcotics detecting dog hit on a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by a 58-year-old male U.S. citizen, according to the CBP.

Agents discovered 149 pounds of marijuana in the rear quarter panels, fuel tank, spare tire, and dashboard.

A total of 222 bundles of the green, leafy substance were removed in the search.

“This seizure reminds us a smuggler will use all available places in a vehicle to smuggle narcotics,” said Michael Neipert, CBP Presidio Port Director. “Our officers are trained to do complete inspections in order to discover any and all narcotics possibly concealed within a conveyance.”

Both suspects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations agents.