EL PASO, TEXAS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operation officers working at the El Paso port of entry made an 11.25 pound heroin seizure Saturday. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $360,000.
“More than 11 pounds of heroin is significant,” said CBP El Paso Port Director Beverly Good. “This seizure represents more than 5,000 street level one-gram sales of this dangerous drug.”
The seizure was made at approximately 6:30 p.m. at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing when a Nissan Quest entered the port from Mexico. A CBP officer at the primary inspection station initiated an interview with the driver and then directed the vehicle to the secondary inspection area for a more intensive exam.
CBP officers scanned the vehicle with the Z-portal x-ray system which helped CBP identify an anomaly in the appearance of the driver side rear door. A CBP drug sniffing dog searched the car and alerted to the same door. CBP officers removed the door panel and located six heroin filled bundles hidden inside.
CBP officers arrested the driver of the car, 46-year-old Armando Manzo Torres of Durango, Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations special agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
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.