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CBP Officers Seize $424,000 in Cocaine at the Port of Rio Grande City

Release Date: 
May 4, 2017

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Port of Rio Grande City this weekend seized more than $424,000 in alleged cocaine hidden in a vehicle.

“This is another example of our frontline officers' commitment to border security. Due to their hard work and commitment, these drugs will not be reaching our nation’s streets,” said Port Director David J. Gonzalez, Rio Grande City Port of Entry.

Packages containing 55 pounds of cocaine seized by CBP officers at Rio Grande City Port of Entry
Packages containing 55 pounds of cocaine
seized by CBP officers at Rio Grande City
Port of Entry.

The seizure occurred on April 30. A CBP officer referred a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup driven by a 47-year-old male U.S. citizen from Dallas, Texas for a secondary inspection. CBP officers conducted a thorough examination and utilizing all resources discovered 20 packages containing a total of 55.07 pounds of alleged cocaine hidden within the tires of the truck. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $424,000.

CBP officers arrested the driver and tuned him over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.

Last modified: 
May 8, 2017