Presidio port officers seize 240 lbs. of marijuana, arrest driver

PRESIDIO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 240 pounds of marijuana Friday afternoon. The marijuana was hidden underneath the floorboard of a 2007 GMC Denali, according to a CBP news release.

The seizure was made at approximately 2:16 p.m. Friday when a 39-year old male Mexican citizen driving a maroon SUV made entry. The primary CBP officer referred the vehicle for an intensive examination. In secondary, a CBP narcotic detector dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the floor area.

A Z-Portal x-ray scan showed anomalies underneath the floorboard of the SUV. Inspection of the vehicle floor resulted in the extraction of 225 taped bundles containing a green leafy substance. A field test of the substance tested positive for the properties of marijuana.

“Our officers are ever vigilant for this type of smuggling method,” said Michael Neipert, CBP Presidio Port Director. “CBP officers are well trained in their jobs and utilize all available tools to detect illegal activity.”

CBP officers arrested the driver who was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI special agents to face federal charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.