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CBP Officers at Eagle Pass Seize $167,000 in Marijuana

Release Date: 
August 1, 2011

Eagle Pass, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass port of entry this week seized $167,000 in marijuana from a vehicle driven by a Piedras Negras, Mexico man.

The seizure occurred on July 27, at Eagle Pass Bridge I. A CBP officer referred a 1995 Chevy Lumina driven by a 22-year-old male Mexican citizen from Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico for a secondary examination. During the examination, CBP officers discovered anomalies in a wheelchair box in the rear seat. CBP officers conducted an intensive examination of the box and discovered 67 packages containing a total of nearly 167 pounds of alleged marijuana. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $167,000.

CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation and seized the narcotics and the vehicle.

"Our officers applied their training, experience and technology to seize a significant load of narcotics," said Cynthia O. Rodriguez, CBP Port Director, Eagle Pass. "What was contained in that wheelchair box is a commodity that cripples our community. The thorough work of our CBP officers in this seizure prevented this poison from reaching our streets."

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February 3, 2021