CBP Officers Seize Over $1.1 Million in Narcotics at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry
EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry seized hard narcotics valued at over $1 million in two separate, unrelated enforcement actions at the Camino Real International Bridge.
“Narcotics interceptions like these are a prime example of CBP’s dedication to our border security mission and our continued effort to keep our streets safe from unlawful activity,” said Port Director Paul Del Rincon, Eagle Pass Port of Entry.
The first interception occurred on Dec. 19, when CBP officers assigned to the Camino Real International Bridge encountered a 2003 white Chevrolet Silverado, driven by a 29-year-old female, a citizen of the United States, and referred the vehicle for a secondary examination. Officers conducted a canine and physical inspection, resulting in the discovery of 16 packages hidden within the vehicle. Twelve of the packages contained 28.9 pounds of alleged heroin and four packages containing 10.7 pounds containing alleged cocaine.
The second seizure occurred on Dec. 20, when CBP officers assigned to the Camino Real International Bridge encountered a 2010 Suzuki SX4, driven by a 22-year-old man, a citizen of the United States, and referred the vehicle for a secondary examination. Officers conducted a non-intrusive imaging system inspection along with a canine and physical inspection which resulted in the discovery of 10 packages containing 22.4 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine hidden within the vehicle.
The seized narcotics have a combined estimated street value of $1,185,595.
CBP officers seized the narcotics, the vehicles, and arrested the drivers. The cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation. For more information about CBP, please click on the attached link.