EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection CBP officers and Border Patrol agents working at the El Paso port of entry Thursday, made a 9.6 pound cocaine seizure with a value of approximately $307,200.
“Smuggling organizations will use every imaginable method to get the narcotics through our international ports of entry,” said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. “This seizure compliments the focus and hard work that all our officers and agents put forth each and every day.”
The seizure was made at the Paso Del Norte international crossing at 10:45 a.m. when a 2005 Beetle Volkswagen arrived at the port from Mexico. CBP officers and BP agents assigned to the Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team were conducting a sweep of vehicles waiting in line at the international crossing when CBP drug sniffing dog “Doky” alerted to the vehicle. CBP officers and BP agents launched an exam and located a non-factory compartment in the radiator of the car. They drilled into the compartment and removed a white substance that tested positive for cocaine. A total of 4 cocaine-filled bundles were retrieved from the compartment.
CBP officers and BP agents took custody of the driver, 52-year-old Samuel Alberto Prieto of El Paso. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents took custody and booked him into the El Paso County jail to face federal prosecution.
While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.