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CBP Officers Seize More Than 50 lbs of Marijuana at Del Rio International Bridge

Release Date: 
September 1, 2015

DEL RIO, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Del Rio International Bridge recently discovered more $50,000 worth of suspected marijuana hidden in a vehicle coming from Mexico.

CBP officers at the Del Rio Port of Entry discovered 13 packages of suspected marijuana hidden in each of two propane tanks.

CBP officers at the Del Rio Port of Entry discovered 13 packages of suspected marijuana hidden in each of two propane tanks.

“Our CBP officers are the first line of defense against illicit narcotics entering the country,” said Port Director Alberto D. Perez, Del Rio Port of Entry. “Their training and experience are invaluable in detecting contraband in any form.”

On Aug. 30, CBP officers, working at the Del Rio Port of Entry, encountered a 2001 Volkswagen Beetle as it arrived in the United States from Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico. Upon inspection, officers found two propane tanks in the trunk of the vehicle. Through the use of a CBP drug-detecting canine and a non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered 13 packages of suspected marijuana hidden in each of the tanks. CBP officers removed 26 packages weighing a total of 54.5 pounds from the two tanks.

The driver, a 41-year-old San Angelo 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017