EL PASO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 22.6 pounds of heroin hidden inside a car. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $723,200.
"This is an enormous amount of heroin to be seized in a single incident," said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso port director. "It represents more than one-third of the entire amount of heroin seized by CBP personnel in El Paso, West Texas and New Mexico during all of fiscal year 2012."
The seizure was made just after 7:30 a.m. Thursday when a 2003 Lincoln LS sedan with a single male occupant entered the Ysleta international crossing from Mexico. CBP officers initiated an examination of the vehicle. A CBP drug sniffing dog searched the car and alerted. CBP officers scanned the vehicle with a Z-Portal x-ray unit and spotted anomalies in the wheel well area of the car. CBP officers continued searching and found 17 heroin-filled packages concealed inside the hidden compartments. No arrests were immediately made and the investigation continues.
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.