U.S. Customs and Border Protection seizes nearly $128K in marijuana

Created: 09/05/2014 12:49 PM
By: Kristen Garcia,

SANTA TERESA, N.M --Two men were arrested, after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly $128,000 worth of marijuana at the Santa Teresa port of entry Thursday morning.

Armando Yanez Balbuena, 36, of Mexico and Noel Oguer Aguirre Garcia, 40, of Mexico entered the port from Mexico. CBP officers were screening vehicles when they noticed the Balbuena was nervous during an interview. Officers scanned the roof of the vehicle with a “Buster” density meter and received high readings consistent with contraband.

CPB officers moved the vehicle to a secondary exam area and scanned the vehicle with and x-ray system. The scan showed irregularities in the ceiling and quarter panels of the vehicle.

Officers seized 141 marijuana- filled bundles weighing more than 161 pounds from hidden compartments.

Balbuena and Garcia were arrested and turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations special agents to face charges.

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