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CBP Officers at Eagle Pass Seize 'Bath Salts,' $400,000 Worth of Cocaine in Separate Incidents

Release Date: 
July 9, 2012

Eagle Pass, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry Tuesday seized 95 boxes of bath salts - a substance recently marked for emergency control by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Tuesday afternoon, CBP officers at the Camino Real International Bridge inspected a vehicle occupied by a family returning to the United States from Mexico. The driver declared he was importing bath salts purchased in Mexico. CBP officers, acting on a DEA directive, seized 95 boxes, each containing seven small plastic bags of bath salts.

CBP officers in Eagle Pass, TX. Seizure of Bath salts

"Bath salts" can contain the Schedule I controlled substances Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, Mephedrone, and Methylone; or they may contain one of the many synthetic cathinone derivatives related to the parent compound cathinone, a naturally occurring psychoactive drug found in khat.

In October, citing an "imminent threat to public safety," the DEA exercised emergency authority to control three synthetic stimulants used in making substances being marketed as bath salts. The temporary action will remain in place for a year, during which the effects of the stimulants will be studied.

"This is a substance that the DEA has determined may be hazardous and as such has moved to control certain chemicals in its makeup," said Cynthia O. Rodriguez, CBP Port Director, Eagle Pass. "Our officers are committed to keeping potential threats from entering the country."

In a separate incident on June 30, CBP officers at the Camino Real International Bridge discovered more than 12 pounds of cocaine in a vehicle arriving from Mexico. Officers inspected a 2002 Ford Expedition driven by a Mexican national. During an intensive inspection officers found five bundles of cocaine - totaling 12.54 pounds, worth an estimated $401,280 - hidden in the vehicle. The driver, a 40-year-old Piedras Negras man, was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017