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."
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.