DEL RIO, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Del Rio International Bridge recently discovered more than $150,000 worth of suspected narcotics hidden in a vehicle coming from Mexico.
“Smugglers resort to endless creative methods in order to get their contraband into the United States,” said Port Director Alberto D. Perez, Del Rio Port of Entry. “The dedication of our frontline CBP officers kept this load of dangerous narcotics from entering our country.”
On May 16, CBP officers, working at the Del Rio Port of Entry, encountered a 1999 Ford F-350 pickup truck as it arrived in the United States from Mexico. Upon inspection, CBP officers discovered several containers inside an ice chest in the bed of the pickup. The bottles were found to contain suspected liquid methamphetamine. Officers seized 7.9 pounds of suspected methamphetamine, worth an estimated $158,731.
The driver, a 24-year-old man, from San Antonio, 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.