Steroids in dashboard and pot in fuel tanks busted by agents

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The following news release was sent by U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

EL PASO - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 150 vials of anabolic steroids Friday night. A U.S. citizen was arrested in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.

El Paso port of entry CBP officers also seized 264 pounds of marijuana from a commercial truck Saturday. The seizure marks the third time in eight days CBP officers in El Paso have discovered drugs hidden in a commercial vehicle.

"The CBP mission is anti-terror but the drug smuggling threat remains high as demonstrated by the recent seizure activity," said Patricia Aveitia, CBP acting Port Director of the El Paso Port of Entry. "Traffic at area ports is very heavy however CBP officers remain focused on keeping bad things and bad people from entering the U.S."

The steroid seizure was made early Friday evening when a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer entered the downtown Paso Del Norte international crossing from Mexico. A CBP officer at the primary inspection booth noticed that the driver was nervous during a routine interview so the vehicle was selected for a secondary exam.During the secondary inspection, CBP drug sniffing dog " Shadow" alerted to the dashboard of the vehicle. CBP officers continued their exam and discovered bundles of anabolic steroids concealed in the dashboard.CBP officers removed a total of 150 vials of steroids from the dashboard compartment.

The driver was arrested by ICE special agents. He is identified as 25-year-old Juan Carlos Castillo, a U.S. citizen with addresses in El Paso and Juarez. He is currently being held without bond at the El Paso County Jail.

CBP officers at the Ysleta commercial cargo facility seized 264.9 pounds of marijuana Saturday morning. The seizure was made when a 1989 International Tractor entered the port from Mexico. A CBP officer at the primary inspection area selected the vehicle for an intensive exam. A CBP drug sniffing dog alerted to the fuel tanks and an x-ray scan indicated a dense area in the fuel tanks. CBP officers continued their exam and discovered 12 large marijuana filled bundles in the fuel tanks.

The driver was arrested by ICE special agents. He is identified as 26-year-old Einer Gerhardus Gil, a Mexican citizen with addresses in Nogales (Sonora) and Juarez. He is currently being held without bond at the El Paso County Jail.

The seizure marks the third time in eight days that CBP officers working at the El Paso port of entry commercial cargo lots have made large drug busts. On Saturday, December 6, CBP officer at the Bridge of the Americas (BOTA) crossing seized 693 pounds of marijuana and eight pounds of cocaine from a commercial truck. On Friday, December 12, CBP officers at the BOTA cargo lot seized 1,752 pounds of marijuana from a commercial truck.