El Paso Port of Entry CBP Officers Stop Eight
Drug Loads Tuesday

Release Date:
April 20, 2016

EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry made eight
drug seizures Tuesday. CBP officers seized 513 pounds of marijuana in seven enforcement actions and 17.4 pounds of cocaine in one additional bust.

Drug bundles in bumper.

“CBP officers remain vigilant knowing the smuggling threat remains high in our area,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director. “Their continued
dedication to duty stopped these drug loads.”

In one of the largest seizures of the day CBP officers working at the Paso Del Norte international crossing seized 104.8 pounds of marijuana. Just
before 9 a.m. CBP officers encountered a lone male driving a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. A CBP officer at the primary inspection station selected the
vehicle for a secondary exam. CBP officers scanned the vehicle with the Z-portal x-ray system and spotted anomalies in the appearance of the
vehicle. A CBP drug sniffing dog searched the car and alerted to narcotics in the bumper. CBP officers continued their exam and located 94
marijuana filled bundles in the cars bumpers.

CBP officers arrested the driver, 21-year-old Kim Netza Alvarado of El Paso, Texas. The driver was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement HSI special agents to face charges associated with the failed drug smuggling attempt.

While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with
this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.

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.