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.
“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.
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.