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CBP Officers at Eagle Pass Foil Two Smuggling Attempts, Seize $832,000 Worth of Cocaine

Release Date: 
December 15, 2011

Eagle Pass, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry Monday seized 26 pounds of cocaine in two separate smuggling attempts.

CBP officers in Eagle Pass seize nearly eight pounds of Cocaine

Cocaine smuggler caught by CBP officers in Eagle Pass, TX

Early Monday afternoon, CBP officers at the Eagle Pass Bridge No. 1 referred a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, driven by a 28-year-old Eagle Pass man, for intensive inspection. Officers discovered several bundles taped to the driver's legs. A field test revealed that the packages contained a total of 7.8 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $249,600.

Later that evening, CBP officers at the Camino Real International Bridge encountered a 1992 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, driven by a 35-year-old Eagle Pass man. A thorough inspection of the vehicle turned up eight packages, wrapped in black electrical tape, hidden in body panels throughout the pickup. The packages contained a total of 18.2 pounds of cocaine, valued at $582,400.

The suspects in both cases were turned over to agents of Homeland Security Investigations.

CBP Officers seize Heroin

Seized Heroin from Eagle Pass, TX

On Saturday, CBP officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry arrested a 52-year-old Las Vegas woman after discovering she had 18.23 grams of black tar heroin, valued at $1,823, hidden in her pelvic area. The male driver was also arrested after officers found two-thirds of a gram of crack cocaine hidden in an amulet necklace he was wearing. The woman was turned over to HSI while the driver, a 26-year-old Eagle Pass man, was turned over to the Maverick County Sheriff's Office.

CBP officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry also arrested a 37-year-old Eagle Pass man, Saturday, after finding a third of a gram of cocaine hidden in a keychain he was carrying. He was turned over to Maverick County SO.

"Drug traffickers try a wide variety of methods in attempting to get their contraband into the country," said Cynthia O. Rodriguez, CBP Port Director, Eagle Pass. "Our frontline CBP officers have the training and experience necessary to keep a step ahead of would-be smugglers."

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017