Marijuana found hidden in bumper of vehicle

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers performing anti-terror inspections at the El Paso port of entry on Tuesday seized 225 pounds of marijuana that were concealed in a vehicle being driven by a 69-year-old Mexican male. The seizure was the largest of five drug loads stopped by CBP officers at the El Paso port yesterday. CBP officers seized a total of 418 pounds of marijuana and 21 pounds of cocaine in those five busts.

The 225 pound seizure was made late Tuesday morning at the Ysleta crossing as CBP officers were inspecting cars in the queue of vehicles south of the inspection booths. During the "pre-primary" sweep of waiting cars, CBP drug sniffing dog "Outlaw" alerted to the bumper of a car in line.

CBP officers examined the vehicle in line and spotted taped bundles in the bumper of a 1996 Mercury Sable being driven by a 69-year-old man from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. CBP officers removed a total of 200 marijuana filled bundles from the bumper. The driver was taken into custody and turned over to the El Paso police for prosecution.

Source: US CUstoms/ Border Patrol

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