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CBP Officers Make two Cocaine Seizures Wednesday

Release Date: 
May 5, 2011

El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 61.4 pounds of cocaine Wednesday. The two drug busts landed a pair of people in the El Paso County Jail on drug charges.

"CBP officers remain vigilant in their duties and their hard work stopped a significant amount of cocaine from making it to the streets of our nation," said Barry Miller, CBP acting El Paso Port Director. "Everyday CBP officers are preventing the entry of dangerous drugs, people and other threats from reaching our neighborhoods."

El Paso Cocaine1

CBP officers working at the Bridge of the Americas/El Paso port of entry discovered 25.1 pounds of cocaine hidden within a secret compartment in the rear cargo area of an SUV that entered the U.S. from Mexico on May 4, 2011.

The first seizure was made at approximately 1:30 p.m. at the Bridge of the Americas. CBP officers were performing a sweep of vehicles waiting in line when CBP drug sniffing dog "Lady" alerted to a 2005 Toyota Rav4 waiting in line. CBP officers initiated an extensive exam of the vehicle and located a compartment in the rear cargo area. CBP officers dismantled the compartment and recovered 10 cocaine filled bundles weighing 25.1 pounds.

CBP officers arrested the driver of the car, 42-year-old Carlos Flores Olmos of Juarez, Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and booked into the El Paso County jail where he is currently being held without bond on drug smuggling charges.

El Paso Cocaine2

CBP officers working at the Paso Del Norte international crossing/El Paso port of entry discovered 36.3 pounds of cocaine hidden within a secret compartment beneath the rear seat of a car that entered the U.S. from Mexico on May 4, 2011.

The second cocaine seizure was made at approximately 3:30 p.m. at the Paso Del Norte crossing. CBP officers were performing a sweep of vehicles waiting in line when they selected a 1997 Nissan Altima for additional scrutiny. CBP drug sniffing dog "Cesar" alerted to the car. CBP officers continued their inspections and located a compartment beneath the rear seat. CBP officers dismantled the compartment and recovered 14 cocaine filled bundles weighing 36.3 pounds.

CBP officers arrested the driver of the car, 28-year-old Karla Ivonne Vargas Aguilar of Juarez, Mexico. She was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI special agents and booked into the El Paso County jail where she is currently being held without bond on drug smuggling charges.

Anti-terror is the primary mission of CBP; however, thorough inspections at border ports of entry continue to generate impressive enforcement activity in all areas.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017