63 year old Luis Torres-Torres
(Deming) – A 63-year-old Mexican national was caught at the Columbus port of entry last week trying to smuggle over 360 pounds of marijuana into the country.
Luis Torres-Torres of Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico, was attempting to drive a 1997 Dodge Ram pickup through the port Friday night when Customs and Border Protection officers detected a number of anomalies in the appearance of the vehicle.
An x-ray of the vehicle revealed a foreign object in the truck’s fuel tank, which turned out to be several large metal boxes containing 362 pounds of tightly compressed marijuana.
Torres was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigation agents.
Columbus acting port director Edward Sinderson said this arrest reinforces that smugglers come in all ages, noting that they recently intercepted a high school-age student and now a man in his sixties.
Backpack with seven brick-shaped marijuana-filled bundles weighing 7.9 pounds.
(Deming) – A 16-year-old girl was caught early Thursday morning trying to smuggle marijuana into the U.S. in her backpack.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Columbus port of entry seized nearly eight pounds of marijuana hidden in the girl’s backpack as she attempted to enter the country as a pedestrian.
The girl, from Palomas, Mexico, was caught after an examination of her backpack revealed several brick-shaped bundles inside. Officers then removed seven marijuana-filled bundles
weighing 7.9 pounds. The teen was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents.
The seizure was the fifth marijuana bust made at the Columbus port so far this year – and the first involving a juvenile smuggler.
The four other seizures netted 257 pounds of marijuana.
(Deming) -- A 14-year-old boy was caught smuggling nearly 15-pounds of marijuana in a
back pack Wednesday morning. The juvenile smuggler was nabbed at the Columbus port of entry at about 6:30 Wednesday morning as he attempted to enter the U-S from Palomas, Mexico, as a pedestrian. A Customs and Border Protection officer examined the boy's backpack and spotted bundles commonly associated with drug smuggling. A total of 14 marijuana-filled bundles weighing 14-point-96 pounds were removed from the backpack, and the teen was turned over to the Border Area Task Force for prosecution. Port Director Robert Reza said 40-percent of the marijuana seizures made at the Columbus port of entry this year have involved smugglers age 17 or younger. On March 26th, a 16-year-old girl from Palomas was caught with over seven pounds of marijuana in her backpack.
On March 22nd, a 17-year-old Palomas boy was caught with a pound of marijuana taped to his leg.
On February 22, a 16-year-old Palomas girl was caught with nearly 15 pounds of marijuana in her car
On February 7th, a 14-year-old Palomas boy was caught with over two pounds of marijuana in his backpack.
And on January 29th, a 16-year-old Deming boy was caught with nearly 483 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.
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