PRESIDIO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized black tar heroin from a U.S. citizen Tuesday afternoon. The heroin was being smuggled internally by the male individual.
“I am proud of the hard work our CBP officers do every day at Presidio,” said acting Presidio Port Director Steven Green. “Their vigilance results in the interception of heroin and other dangerous illicit drugs that are devastating communities all across America.”
The seizure was made just after noon Tuesday when a 33-year-old male applied for entry through pedestrian primary. The CBP officer selected the traveler for a secondary exam.
In secondary an inspection with a CBP drug detector canine resulted in a positive alert for the presence of narcotics. The man was transported to a local medical facility where an examination revealed that the subject was carrying narcotics internally. The man later expelled five capsules weighing 4.49 ounces. The contents field tested positive for the properties of heroin.
CBP officers arrested the subject turned him over to ICE/HSI agents to face federal drug smuggling charges associated with the failed 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.