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CBP Field Operations at the Rio Grande City Port of Entry Seizes Over $6 Million in Cocaine

Release Date: 
December 10, 2014

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Rio Grande City International Bridge seized over $6 million worth of alleged cocaine that was detected within a commercial importation shipment at the cargo facility.

“Our CBP officers working in the commercial environment have maintained their enforcement posture, which has resulted with extremely positive results,” said Acting Port Director Richard Diaz, Rio Grande City/Los Ebanos Port of Entry. “This outstanding interception of narcotics is a true testament of our officers’ commitment towards the CBP mission in keeping drugs from crossing our international borders.”

Bundles containing nearly 203 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Rio Grande City Port of Entry

Bundles containing nearly 203 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Rio Grande City Port of Entry

CBP officers working at the Rio Grande City-Camargo Port of Entry, on Dec. 9 encountered a tractor/trailer with a manifested commercial shipment of soft drinks. A subsequent examination of the shipment utilizing all available tools and resources, including a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, resulted in the detection of packages of alleged cocaine that were hidden within the trailer. CBP-OFO removed and seized 80 packages weighing approximately 202.82 pounds that have an estimated street value of $6,490,000 and the tractor/trailer along with the commodity were also seized.

CBP’s Rio Grande City/Los Ebanos Port of Entry is part of the South Texas Campaign, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017