ROMA, Texas—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Roma Port of Entry arrested a 52-year-old man from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico after discovering $119,000 worth of alleged cocaine 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 Jr. , Roma Port of Entry. “This interception of hard narcotics exemplifies CBP’s commitment towards keeping dangerous drugs out of our communities.”
On July 15, 2016, CBP officers working at the Roma-Miguel Aleman International Bridge encountered a male Mexican citizen from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon driving an ivory color 2004 CTS Cadillac. 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 10 packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 15.4 pounds. CBP OFO seized the narcotics which carry an estimated street value of $119,000 and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP OFO arrested the man and then released him 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.