Rio Grande City, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Rio Grande City/Camargo International Bridge seized 157.4 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $125,926.
On March 18, 2010, CBP officers at the Rio Grande City/Camargo International Bridge came in contact with a northbound 2008 GMC Yukon XL. The male driver was identified as a 27-year-old, U.S. citizen from Rio Grande City, Texas. After the initial primary examination, the driver and vehicle were referred to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers seized six marijuana packages found hidden in the Yukon's spare tire and an additional amount of packages from the interior of the vehicle. CBP officers seized the marijuana and the GMC Yukon.
The male driver was turned over to the local HIDTA office. CBP and HIDTA continue to investigate this matter.
Javier Cantu, CBP Acting Port Director, Rio Grande City and Los Ebanos Ferry Crossing said, "I commend our cadre of frontline officers for intercepting and seizing this large amount of marijuana."
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.