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.”
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.
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.