Cocaine, marijuana busts up at El Paso crossings

May 31, 2011 - 3:57 PM

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Customs officials say cocaine seizures at the El Paso border crossings have more than doubled over the same period last year, and marijuana busts are up as well.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Roger Maier told The Associated Press on Tuesday that agents intercepted 491 pounds of cocaine from Jan. 1 to May 23. That's an increase from 221 pounds during the same period in 2010.

Maier says agents have collected more than 32,000 pounds of marijuana, up from slightly more than 25,000 pounds a year ago.

Drug Enforcement Administration and El Paso police tell the El Paso Times that their cocaine seizures are down this year.