Bust at Presidio port yields alleged trafficker, money, weapon, undocumented juvenile

PRESIDIO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working outbound operations at the Presidio port of entry last week seized a weapon, currency, drug paraphernalia, drugs and detained an undocumented alien Friday morning, according to an agency news release. The contraband and money were seized from a female U.S. citizen.

The seizure was made at 3:45am Friday when a 2011 Chevy Silverado approached the outbound inspection area. A 29-year-old driver, who was accompanied by a 17-year-old Mexican citizen passenger, drove the vehicle.

Outbound officers selected the vehicle for inspection. During the initial interview, it was discovered the juvenile passenger did not possess documents to be legally in the United States.

Inspection of the vehicle resulted in discovery of an AK-47 pistol underneath the driver’s seat, 47 rounds of ammunition and a gram scale.

The driver allegedly had in her possession several paper packets containing a total of 10.3 grams of cocaine. In addition, $10,414 in cash was seized.

CBP officers arrested the driver, who was turned over to Presidio Police Department, and the Mexican juvenile was turned over to the Mexican Consul.

“It is typical to arrest an individual violating multiple laws,” said Michael Neipert, CBP Presidio Port Director. “But this is a first for the Port in which infractions to laws and regulations governing currency, weapons, narcotics and immigration by one person is encountered.”