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Conexión Del Rio /Staff report

DEL RIO, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Del Rio Port of Entry recently seized a load of suspected marijuana hidden inside a commercial trailer.

“Smugglers go to great lengths to get their illicit products into the U.S.,” said Port Director Alberto D. Perez, Del Rio Port of Entry. “The training, experience and dedication of our frontline CBP officers has prevented yet another load of contraband from reaching our communities.”

On Nov. 25, CBP officers at the Del Rio Port of Entry import lot inspected a tractor-trailer as it arrived from Mexico. Using a CBP canine and non-intrusive imaging equipment, officers discovered a compartment inside the trailer that contained 316 packages of alleged marijuana, weighing a total of 251.4 pounds.

The trailer was seized and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.

CBP’s Del Rio Port of Entry is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.

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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.