EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 14.4 pounds of cocaine Wednesday. The seizure was one of three drug busts made by CBP officers Valentine’s Day. They also seized 185 pounds of marijuana in two additional seizures.
“CBP officers are hard at work every day stopping illegal and prohibited items from entering our nation,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director. “I commend our officers for their commitment and dedication to duty.”
The cocaine seizure occurred just before noon at the Paso Del Norte international crossing when a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu with a single female driver entered the facility from Mexico. CBP officers selected the vehicle for a secondary exam. A CBP drug sniffing dog alerted to the rear area of the car. CBP officers continued their exam and located a hidden compartment in the driver’s side right wheel area of the vehicle. The compartment contained seven cocaine filled packages.
CBP officers took custody of the driver, a 22-year-old female U.S. citizen. She was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI special agents to face charges associated with the failed drug smuggling attempt.
While anti-terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories
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.