DEL RIO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers this weekend seized $800,000 in alleged methamphetamine hidden in a passenger vehicle.
“Amid searing summer heat, our officers maintained their vigilance, applied their experience and utilized all available tools and resources to seize a significant amount of methamphetamine,” said Port Director Alberto Perez, Del Rio Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on July 16 at Del Rio International Bridge. A CBP officer referred a 2007 Honda Civic driven by a 29-year-old female Mexican citizen arriving from Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico for a secondary inspection. During the examination, CBP officers utilizing canine and non-intrusive imaging system resources discovered 41 packages containing 57 pounds of alleged methamphetamine hidden within the roof. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $800,000.
CBP officers turned the case 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.