RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Rio Grande City Port of Entry arrested a man from Sullivan City, Texas after discovering $865,000 worth of alleged methamphetamine and heroin within the Chevy Cruze he was driving.
“I commend our officers for their outstanding commitment to the CBP mission in helping keep dangerous drugs from entering our country and filtering into our communities,” said Port Director David J. Gonzalez, Rio Grande City Port of Entry. “We want to emphasize that CBP Field Operations is always vigilant, and maintains that steadfast vigilance at all border crossings throughout this nation.”
On March 30, CBP officers assigned to the Rio Grande City, Texas Port of Entry encountered a 25-year-old male United States citizen, driving a red 2012 Chevy Cruze arriving from Mexico. After referring the driver and vehicle for further examination and with the use of all available tools and resources, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the Chevy sedan. CBP OFO removed 11 packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing approximately 26 pounds and six packages of alleged heroin weighing nearly 12.5 pounds. The estimated street values of the narcotics are $520,000 and $345,000 respectively.
CBP OFO seized the vehicle and arrested the man who was subsequently released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.
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.