EL PASO, TEXAS -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 43.2 pounds of cocaine Monday. The drugs have an estimated street value of $1,382,400.
“This was a deeply concealed drug load of significant value,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director. “CBP officers used their expertise and a variety of tools to locate this drug load.”
The seizure was made at approximately 5 a.m. at the Paso Del Norte crossing in downtown El Paso when a 2010 Nissan Rogue with a single male occupant entered the port from Mexico. A CBP officer at the primary inspection booth interviewed the driver and selected the vehicle for a secondary exam following the discussion.
CBP officers scanned the vehicle with the Z-Portal x-ray system and spotted anomalies in the rocker panels of the car. CBP drug sniffing dog “Stanly” searched the car and alerted to the floor area. CBP officers continued their exam and located 40 cocaine-filled bundles in the rocker panels and within a non-factory compartment in the floor of the vehicle.
CBP officers arrested the driver, 56-year-old Francisco Javier Orozco Yanez of Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt.
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.