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CBP Officers at Southern Texas Port of Entry Foil Cocaine Smuggler

Release Date: 
May 21, 2012

Eagle Pass, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Eagle Pass port of entry Friday seized more than 12 pounds of cocaine from a vehicle entering the country from Mexico.

Officers scanned the car using a non-intrusive imaging system and discovered six electrical tape-wrapped packages hidden inside the vehicle.

Friday afternoon, CBP officers at Eagle Pass Bridge No. 1 referred a 1997 Buick LeSabre driven by a 27-year-old Mexican citizen Piedras Negras, for intensive inspection. Officers scanned the car using a non-intrusive imaging system and discovered six electrical tape-wrapped packages hidden inside the vehicle. A field test revealed that the packages contained a total of 12.67 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $405,504.

The suspect was turned over to agents of Homeland Security Investigations.

"The persistence of our CBP officers, coupled with their training, was instrumental in preventing this load of narcotics from reaching America's streets," said CBP Port Director Cynthia O. Rodriguez. "Our frontline officers continue to keep a step ahead of would-be smugglers."

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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017