El Paso, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry made a marijuana seizure weighing more than 170 pounds yesterday. The seizure was one of four marijuana drug busts CBP officers made in a day resulting in the confiscation of 482.42 pounds with an approximate value of $385,936.
“Smuggling organizations will use every imaginable concealment method to get the narcotics through our international ports of entry,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. “Anti-Terrorism is our primary mission but we are still focused on enforcement of illegal contraband.”
CBP officers arrested 41-year-old Daniel Alan Thilburg of Edgewood, New Mexico. He was turned over to ICE-HSI special agents after the case was accepted for federal prosecution. Thilburg was booked into the El Paso county jail and is currently being held without bond.
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.