CBP Officers in Roma Seize $376K in Narcotics
ROMA, Texas—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Roma Port of Entry arrested a 33-year-old man from Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, Mexico after discovering alleged methamphetamine and cocaine valued at more than $376,000 within the vehicle he was driving.
“I commend our frontline officers for their exceptional observational skills, their attention to detail and the ability to utilize all available tools and resources,” said Port Director Crescencio Cantu, Roma Port of Entry. “This interception of hard narcotics exemplifies CBP’s commitment towards keeping dangerous drugs out of our communities.”
On September 21, CBP officers working at the Roma-Miguel Aleman International Bridge encountered a male Mexican citizen from Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas driving a brown 2002 Ford Windstar van. A CBP officer referred him and the vehicle for a secondary examination and with the use of a vehicle non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the vehicle. Officers removed five packages of alleged methamphetamine weighing approximately 12.35 pounds and 10 packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 26.37 pounds. CBP OFO seized the narcotics which have an estimated street value of $172,840 for the methamphetamine and $203,620 for the cocaine and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP OFO arrested the man and then released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special 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.