EAGLE PASS, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers intercepted a significant amount of hard narcotics with an estimated street value of more than $300K in one enforcement action and intercept seven Mexican Nationals allegedly attempting illegal entry in an unrelated event at the Camino Real International Bridge.
“This seizure was an enforcement action against transnational criminal organizations that exemplifies the vigilance and dedication our officers practice daily to stop the scourge of hard narcotics from infiltrating our communities,” said Port Director Paul Del Rincon, Eagle Pass Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on August 9th, at the Camino Real International Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 2007 Dodge Magnum for a secondary examination. The vehicle was driven by a 18-year-old male US citizen traveling from Mexico. Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system examination, CBP officers discovered a total of 16.45 pounds of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the rear quarter panels.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $328,926.
CBP seized the narcotics and vehicle. The driver was arrested and the case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
Also on August 9th, at the Camino Real International Bridge when CBP officers conducted an examination of a commercial bus arriving from Mexico and referred it to secondary for further inspection. CBP officers utilized interview skills to discover seven Mexican Nationals allegedly attempting to make illegal entry to the United States by presenting U.S. passport books and U.S.Passport cards that did not belong to them. All seven individuals were taken into custody for further investigation and subsequent processing.
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 securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.