PRESIDIO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 290 grams of heroin. The drugs were concealed within the bra of an Odessa woman.
"This is a significant amount of heroin to be stopped at the border," said CBP Presidio Port Director David Lambrix. "The work of CBP stopped more than 10 ounces of heroin from making it to its intended destination."
The seizure was made just after 8 p.m. Monday when a 2010 Ford F-150 truck entered the port from Mexico. CBP officers selected the vehicle for a secondary exam. CBP drug sniffing dog "Izmir" initiated an inspection and made a positive alert to the driver of the truck. CBP officers prepared to begin a search of the driver when she turned over two bundles of heroin she had concealed in her bra. The contents of the bundles tested positive for heroin.
The driver and a passenger were arrested by CBP officers. The driver is identified as 37-year-old Blanca Liliana Madrid of Odessa, Texas. The passenger was 34-year-old Rigoberto Huerta Madrid, who is the driver's spouse. Both were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Federal prosecution was accepted on charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.
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.