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Weekend drug busts lead to seizure of more than 1,000 pounds of drugs

August 15th 2012   ·   0 Comments

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

EL PASO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized over 1,000 pounds of marijuana, 17 pounds of cocaine and small amounts of heroin in a dozen drug busts over the weekend.

CBP officers seized 1,030 pounds of marijuana in 10 busts and a small heroin bust while working at various ports of entry in the El Paso area, officials said.

“Homeland security is the primary mission; however, the thorough and extensive inspections performed by CBP officers generated this significant enforcement activity, said David Higgerson, acting director of field operations for CBP in El Paso. “CBP officers remain vigilant, and their hard work is paying off every day.”

CBP officials said the most significant drug bust of the weekend happened Saturday at the Santa Teresa port of entry when officers seized 17 pounds of cocaine hidden in the engine area of a 2003 GMC Sonoma. Officers were alerted to an anomaly in the truck by Dolar, a drug-sniffing dog. A hidden compartment in the motor block contained nine cocaine-filled bundles, officials said.

Carlos Arnoldo Jurado Garcia, 40, of Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico, faces federal charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement HIS agents and was arrested.

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