3 Drug Seizures in 3 Days at Presidio Port of Entry

On the morning of Thursday, August 7, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Presidio Port of Entry in Texas observed the 58-year-old Mexican male driver of a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser to be unusually nervous during routine procedure. As a result of this strange behavior, the vehicle was referred for further inspection.
Through the use of a Z-Portal x-ray system, officers confirmed that the vehicle had been tampered with and discovered a custom-made hidden compartment in the floor. A search of this compartment revealed 128 pounds of marijuana.
The driver was arrested and handed over to Homeland Security Investigations. He now faces charges drug smuggling charges.
Two days later, in the early morning hours of Saturday, August 9, 2014, officers at this same location encountered a 2002 Dodge Ram arriving from Mexico. They noted signs of tampering within the vehicle and used the Z-Portal x-ray system to determine that the dashboard contained abnormalities. A search of this compartment uncovered 79 pounds of marijuana.
The 20-year-old Canadian male driver and his two passengers, 18 and 20-year-old Canadian males, were all taken into custody and handed over to Homeland Security Investigations to be charged with drug smuggling.
Later that same evening,  officers at the port also referred a 2006 Jeep Commander for further inspection. A scan with the Z-portal x-ray system revealed abnormalities in the appearance of the vehicle’s fuel tank. The tank was then removed and found to contain custom-made hidden compartments concealing a total of 68 pounds of marijuana.
The vehicle driver, a 26-year-old Mexican female, and her passenger, a 21-year-old Mexican female, were both arrested and handed over to Homeland Security Investigations. They too will be facing drug smuggling charges.
In all, the officers at the Presidio Port of Entry seized 275 pounds of marijuana, with a total estimated street value of $220,000.
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