2,000 Pounds of Marijuana Seized


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It was a busy weekend for U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.

Officers made six marijuana seizures totaling 2,021 pounds of the drug at El Paso-area border ports of entry.

"CBP managers and front line officers were able to keep traffic moving quickly this weekend while still ensuring that violations were stopped cold," said David Longoria, CBP Port Director in El Paso. "Border crossing times exceeded one hour one time at one location this weekend. But any person who thought that they could exploit our efforts to keep traffic flowing at the expense of enforcement was mistaken and wound up in the custody of CBP."

The biggest bust happened late Friday night at the Paso Del Norte port of entry in El Paso. CBP officers working at the downtown crossing discovered 1,577 pounds of marijuana hidden in a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche that entered the port from Mexico just after 9 p.m. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents arrested 39-year-old Nora G. Valdivia, of El Paso, in the failed smuggling attempt.

Area CBP officers also made 21 food and agricultural seizures during the weekend, resulting in $5,400 in penalties being assessed. Prohibited items seized included raw eggs, pork bologna, chorizo, carnitas, raw pork, avocados, mangos, oranges, apples, limes, sugar cane, guavas and live plants.

CBP officers working at the border ports of entry in El Paso, west Texas and New Mexico recorded 75 immigration violations over three days and nabbed 17 wanted people while performing anti-terror inspections.

Newshawk: User - 420 Magazine
Source: KFOXTV.com
Pubdate: 8 January 2007
Copyright: 2007 KFOXTV.com
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