CBP Seizes 125 Pounds of Pot at Presidio Port of Entry

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

PRESIDIO - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 125 pounds of marijuana Tuesday night. The drugs have an estimated street value of $100,000.

22-year-old Manuel Alejandro Ramirez Rodriguez of Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico was arrested. He was arrested on federal charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.

A CBP officer decided to inspect the vehicle after Rodriguez appeared to be nervous during routine questioning. CBP officers used a fiber optic scope to look into the fuel tank of the truck and spotted a number of red flags.

A drug sniffing dog searched the vehicle and alerted to the gas tank. The gas tank was removed and opened revealing two large metal boxes inside. The boxes were cut open. They contained highly compressed marijuana. The drugs weighed 125 pounds.