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.
“Keeping illicit drugs from entering our communities is one of our key missions,” said Port Director Alberto D. Perez, Del Rio Port of Entry. “I commend our frontline CBP officers on this interception of hard narcotics.”
On March 5, CBP officers, working at the Del Rio Port of Entry, inspected a 2000 Mercury Mountaineer as it arrived in the United States from Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico. During inspection, CBP officers discovered 11 packages of suspected narcotics hidden in the battery. Officers removed 8.3 pounds of methamphetamine, and a 2.8 pounds of heroin from the battery. Officers also found two gallon-sized antifreeze jugs containing a total of 18 pounds of liquid methamphetamine in the vehicle. CBP officers seized a total of $1,072,652 worth of suspected narcotics.
The driver, a 19-year-old San Angelo woman, 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.