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EL PASO, Texas — More than 900 pounds of drugs were seized Tuesday at the Santa Teresa port of entry.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers made three separate seizures resulting in three arrests and seized 884 pounds of marijuana and 78.6 pounds of methamphetamine.

Drug seizure

Around 10 a.m., officers were alerted by a drug-sniffing dog that drugs were present in a 1998 GMC Cheyenne 2500 pickup truck. Officers found 228 bundles of marijuana hidden in the truck bed and cab floor. The drugs weighed 418.8 pounds.

Drug seizure photo

Manual Paulino Alvarez Valdez, 36, from Ciudad Juarez was arrested and is facing federal drug-smuggling charges.

Around 3 p.m., a 2005 Ford Expedition entered the port from Mexico, and a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs. Officers found anomalies in the appearance of the radiator where they found the meth, officials said.

Lirice Vargas Mendoza, 21, of Chihuahua, Mexico was arrested on federal drug-smuggling charges.

The last seizure took place at 6:30 p.m. when a 1995 Chevrolet 1500 attempted to enter the United States. Officers again were alerted by a drug-sniffing dog and found 237 bundles of marijuana, weighing 465.3 pounds, in the rear wall and gas tank of the truck.

Bryant Orlando Padilla Garcia, 21, of Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico was arrested and is facing federal drug-smuggling charges.





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