ROMA, Texas—Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Roma Port of Entry arrested a 41-year-old man from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico after discovering $35,360 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 October 29, 2016, CBP officers working at the Roma-Miguel Aleman International Bridge encountered a male Mexican citizen from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon driving a grey 2000 Chevrolet pick-up truck. A CBP officer referred him and the vehicle for a secondary examination. With the use of a canine, CBP officers discovered a package of suspected narcotics concealed within the vehicle. Officers removed the package of alleged cocaine, which weighed four pounds. CBP OFO seized the narcotics, which carry an estimated street value of $35,360 and seized the vehicle as well.
CBP OFO arrested the man and then turned him over 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.