DEL RIO, Texas – Federal authorities at the Del Rio Port of Entry arrested a local man after discovering he had nearly three ounces of heroin hidden in a body cavity.
“Our frontline CBP officers’ experience and attention to detail are essential in interdicting illegal narcotics,” said Alberto Perez, CBP Port Director, Del Rio. “History has shown that people will go to extreme lengths to smuggle drugs into the country.”
Around 6 p.m. Feb. 16, CBP officers, at the Del Rio International Bridge, inspected a taxi as it arrived from Mexico. After a CBP canine alerted officers to a passenger in the vehicle, the man was directed to a secondary inspection area. During investigation, officers discovered a package containing 2.9 ounces of heroin that the subject had hidden in a body cavity.
The passenger, a 28-year-old Del Rio man, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for federal prosecution.
The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within U.S. Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.