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CBP Officers at El Paso Seize 6 Tons of Marijuana During Busy Week

December 27, 2008
Right Side News Reports
Brownsville, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Gateway International Bridge discovered $106,000 in marijuana hidden within the bed of a Nissan Frontier pickup, leading to the arrest of one woman. On Tuesday at 6:42 p.m. at the Gateway International Bridge, CBP officers referred a white 1994 Nissan Frontier driven by Patricia Garcia Castillo, a 43-year-old Mexican citizen and resident of Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas-Mexico for a secondary inspection.
During the examination, CBP officers noted discrepancies to the bed of the Frontier. CBP officers' intensive inspection of the pickup revealed 40 packages with a combined weight of almost 106 pounds of marijuana hidden within the bed of the Nissan Frontier.

The marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of $106,000. The driver was arrested by CBP officers and turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents who investigated the seizure and processed the driver on federal drug charges.

"CBP officers serve the American public with vigilance, integrity and professionalism, their thoroughness in preventing the interdiction of dangerous narcotics into the country is notable. Our officers' inspectional skills were instrumental in the discovery of this load of narcotics," said Michael Freeman CBP port director, Brownsville.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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