PRESIDIO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 33 pounds of black-tar heroin Tuesday morning. The seizure is the largest heroin seizure ever recorded at the crossing.
“This is a huge seizure by any means, but for the port of Presidio it is historical,” said John Deputy, CBP Presidio port director. “I was informed today by the Assistant U.S. Attorney that the 33 pounds of heroin is a Pecos Division record seizure for the Western District of Texas. The seized heroin has an estimated street value of $1,056,000.”
The seizure was made at 10 a.m. when a male Mexican citizen driving a 2005 Renault Megane made entry from Mexico. The driver and vehicle were sent to secondary where CBP officers initiated an examination of the vehicle. Inspection of the vehicle’s undercarriage revealed a non-factory compartment. Within the compartment the officers discovered 20 bundles which tested positive for the properties of heroin.
CBP officers arrested the driver, 23-year-old male David Ubaldo Castanon of Camargo, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.
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.