SANTA TERESA, NM — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers working at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry made three large drug seizures in a five-hour span Friday totaling 1,166 pounds, officers said.
“These seizures were made due to the vigilance of our CBP officers utilizing an array of enforcement tools, officer experience and advance technology to detect deeply concealed loads of narcotics,” said CBP Santa Teresa port director Joanne Thale-Lembo. “The sophistication of these concealment methods shows the extent to which smugglers go to introduce contraband to the streets of America.”
Dario Canas Nevarez, 48, of Las Cruces, NM was arrested in the first seizure Friday morning after inspectors found 164.5 pounds of marijuana in several compartments of his vehicle. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) HSI agents to face federal drug charges.
Approximately two hours later CBP officers discovered 86 bundles of marijuana concealed in hidden compartments of a trailer totaling 473.4 pounds. CBP officers said they took custody of 28-year-old Esgar Marcelino Tarango of Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was turned over to New Mexico Metro Narcotics task force officers to face state prosecution charges.
The third seizure happened Friday afternoon after a gamma-ray examination to inspect a vehicle revealed several anomalies in the bed of the vehicle. The vehicle was moved to the inspectional area where 321 drug-filled bundles were extracted from the bed of the truck yielding 528 pounds of marijuana. CBP officers took custody of 38-year-old Juan Ramos Flores of Chihuahua City, Mexico. He was turned over to ICE HSI agents to face federal drug charges.