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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 6:39pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations Officers located 381 pounds of marijuana in the floor and bed of a truck at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing on Thursday.
CBP Officers made the seizure just after 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning at the Bridge of the Americas when a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 30-year-old Mauricio Rojo-Mares of Cuahtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico entered the northbound port.
Border Patrol and CBP Officers initiated a discussion with Rojo-Mares and selected his vehicle for additional screening. CBP scanned the truck using a "Buster" density meter and determined that the truck had high readings consistent with contraband.
A CBP Officer then noticed a bump in the floor of the truck and pulled back the carpeting revealing a wrapped bundle of marijuana. Additional inspection revealed 195 marijuana-filled bundled hidden in the floor and bed of the truck. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $304,800.
“The discovery was initiated during a sweep of vehicles waiting to arrive at the primary inspection station,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. “These operations are useful because officers and agents can quickly scan numerous vehicles in a short period of time.”
Rojo-Mares was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.