El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 91.8 grams of heroin Tuesday. The drugs were concealed within the body cavity of a 57-year-old man who entered the port from Mexico.
"History has shown that people will attempt every conceivable way to smuggle drugs into the country," said CBP El Paso Port Director Hector Mancha. "This seizure was made because of the experience and attention to detail demonstrated by CBP officers working the primary inspection booths."
The seizure was made just after midnight Tuesday when a 57-year-old Lubbock man entered the Bridge of the Americas as a pedestrian. CBP officers noted the man's unusual behavior during their primary interview and decided to conduct a more thorough examination. As the man was transferred to a medical facility for a thorough exam at which he confessed that he had a pair of drug-filled balloons concealed in his rectum. The balloons were recovered and the contents tested. The balloons were filled with heroin.
CBP officers took custody of the suspect, 57-year-old Pascual Alonso Acosta of Lubbock, Texas. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) HSI agents to face federal drug smuggling charges.
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.
For more information on CBP please tune in to AM radio 530 (Ysleta/Zaragosa area) or AM Radio 1620 (Bridge of the Americas/Paso Del Norte area). These low power radio stations continuously broadcast CBP related border crossing information in English and Spanish.
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.