Rio Grande City, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Rio Grande City Port of Entry arrested a man from Dallas, Texas who was allegedly attempting to smuggle cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin with an estimated combined street value of $275,000.
On July 27, a white 2007 Chevrolet Impala driven by a 39-year-old male Mexican national from Dallas arrived at the Rio Grande City/Ciudad Camargo International Bridge along with his wife and son. The adult male traveler presented his lawful permanent resident card and the wife presented a U.S. passport card for her and a U.S. birth certificate for their son. A CBP officer referred the vehicle and occupants to secondary for an intensive inspection and officers subsequently discovered a total of nine packages of alleged narcotics concealed within the vehicle's battery. There were four packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 2,607 grams (5.75 pounds), three packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing approximately 1,602 grams (3.53 pounds) and two packages of alleged black tar heroin weighing approximately 311 grams (slightly more than two-thirds of a pound). CBP seized the narcotics and the vehicle.
The adult male driver was turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for further investigation.
"Smugglers are utilizing deeper concealment methods as demonstrated with this interception of hard narcotics that were discovered within the vehicle's battery," said Severiano Solis, Rio Grande City Port Director. "Our officers' exceptional observation and inspection techniques have allowed us to detect, seize and keep these dangerous drugs from crossing the border."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.