El Paso CBP Officers Seize Over 165 Pounds of Marijuana

El Paso CBP Officers Seize Over 165 Pounds of Marijuana

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

EL PASO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operation officers working in El Paso made a big drug bust on Sunday.

CBP Officers seized 166 pounds of marijuana.

We're told the seizure was made around 11 a.m. at the Paso Del Norte international crossing when CBP officers were performing an enforcement sweeps of vehicles waiting in line.

While officers were talking to drivers waiting in line, a CBP drug sniffing dog "Sita" alerted to a tire on a 2002 Ford Explorer that was waiting in line.

We're told officer then used a "Buster" density meter to scan the tired and the received high readings consistent with hidden contraband.

Officers also used their x-ray system and saw anomalies in the tires and fuel tank of the vehicle.

Upon further examination, officers found 150 marijuana filled bundles in the four tires and in the fuel tank of the car.

The driver of the vehicle, 35-year-old Maria Isabel Moreno of Las Cruces, New Mexico, was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations special agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.