DEL RIO, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Del Rio International Bridge recently discovered more $1 million worth of suspected narcotics hidden in a vehicle coming from Mexico.
“Experience and training led CBP officers to keep this load of narcotics from reaching our communities,” said Port Director Alberto D. Perez, Del Rio Port of Entry. “This seizure is yet another illustration of the professionalism and dedication our frontline CBP officers put forth on a daily basis.”
On Feb. 6, CBP officers, working at the Del Rio Port of Entry, encountered a 2008 Ford F-150 pickup truck as it arrived in the United States from Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico. Upon inspection, CBP officers discovered a non-factory compartment on the underside of the vehicle. Officers seized 43.7 pounds of suspected methamphetamine, worth an estimated $612,349, and 9.8 pounds of alleged heroin, valued at $393,300, from the compartment.
The driver, a 30-year-old Big Spring man, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for federal prosecution.
CBP’s Del Rio Port of Entry is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.