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