EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry intercepted a significant load of cocaine and heroin with a combined estimated street value of more than $628,000 in one enforcement action.
“I congratulate our frontline officers for their firm commitment to carry out the CBP mission and protect the public from illegal narcotics,” said Port Director Paul Del Rincon, Eagle Pass Port of Entry.
The seizure occurred on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at International Bridge I, Eagle Pass, Texas when a CBP officer referred a 2018 Toyota Camry driven by a 53-year-old male Mexican citizen traveling from Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico for a secondary examination. During a canine and physical inspection of candy filled bags in trunk of the vehicle, CBP officers discovered 332 supposed candy packages containing 57 pounds of cocaine worth $440,300 and 30 packages containing almost seven pounds of black tar heroin valued at $188,400.
CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle. The driver was arrested and the case was turned 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.