PROGRESO, Texas – Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Progreso/Donna Port of Entry seized more than 45 pounds of alleged cocaine this weekend.
“Our officers’ experience and knowledge of smuggling techniques coupled with technology played a key role in this remarkable interception,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Progreso/Donna Port of Entry. “The attention to detail displayed by our CBP officers was critical in interdicting illegal narcotics.”
The seizure occurred on Friday afternoon, September 15th when CBP officers at the Progreso International Bridge referred a vehicle driven by a 24-year-old male United States citizen from Weslaco, Texas for a secondary inspection. In secondary, with the help of a K-9 unit, CBP officers discovered 45.67 pounds of alleged cocaine concealed within the vehicle’s interior. The estimated street value of the cocaine is $352,240.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics and the vehicle. The man was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) 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 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.