DEL RIO, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, at the Del Rio International Bridge recently discovered nearly $322,000 worth of marijuana concealed within a shipment of Saltillo tile coming from Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico.
“Our officers demonstrate the highest standard of vigilance by disrupting the flow of illicit narcotics into our country and keeping it off the streets of our community,” said Port Director Alberto D. Perez, Del Rio Port of Entry.
On Jan. 28, CBP officers working at the Del Rio Port of Entry Commercial Import Lot referred a 1995 Peterbilt tractor towing a flatbed trailer loaded with a shipment of tile for a secondary examination. In secondary, officers discovered 128 large bundles of marijuana, hidden in the boxes of tile, weighing a total 1,606 pounds.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics along with the tiles. The ongoing investigation into the narcotics shipment is being conducted by Homeland Security Investigations special agents.
CBP’s Del Rio 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.