Marijuana seized at Presidio port, suspects arrested

PRESIDIO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 224 pounds of marijuana Wednesday, July 4. The seizure was located underneath the rear floor board of a SUV, according to a CBP news release. “CBP officers remain focused and vigilant as they perform their homeland security mission,” said Michael Neipert, Presidio Port Director. “Illegal drugs are stopped at the border because of the layers of enforcement we employ every day.”

The marijuana seizure was made just before 10am last Wednesday when a 2005 Dodge Caravan entered the port from Mexico. The vehicle was driven by a 42-year-old Mexican female who was accompanied by a 17-year-old female United States citizen.

A CBP officer working the primary inspection station selected the vehicle for a secondary exam. In secondary a narcotics detector dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the floor area.

Dismantling of the rear floor board led to the discovery of 202 taped bundles. Field testing of the bundled material tested positive for the properties of marijuana.

CBP officers took custody of the driver and passenger. The driver was turned over to ICE/ HSI agents to face federal narcotic smuggling charges and the minor passenger was turned over to Presidio Police officers.