Border patrol officers seized 224 pounds of marijuana hidden “all over” a minivan at an El Paso crossing over the weekend, authorities announced Tuesday.
The drugs were found about 2 p.m. Saturday by border patrol drug dog “Pele,” a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release said.
The driver of the van, Claudia Ibeth Arras Quintana, 35, of Mexico, was arrested and booked into the El Paso County jail
“This seizure is larger than most we are currently seeing in passenger vehicles,” Severiano Solis, acting CBP El Paso Port Director, said in the statement. “Smugglers will generally confine contraband in a single location. In this case it was all over the vehicle.”
Pele, the drug dog, detected the marijuana after a border patrol officer spotted tape-wrapped bundles in the spare tire well of the 2004 Nissan Quest van. After an X-ray of the vehicle, more drugs were found stored inside its rear doors, quarter panels and seats.