PRESIDIO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 15.5 pounds of cocaine. The drugs were hidden inside a SUV. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $191,700.
“This seizure is a result of the vigilance and hard work of Presidio’s CBP officers,” said Michael Neipert, CBP Presidio Port Director.
The seizure was made about 10:30 Friday morning. CBP officers employed a variety of enforcement tools resulting in the discovery of the drug load in a hidden compartment.
CBP officers arrested the driver a 19-year-old Mexican citizen from Chihuahua City, Chihuahua. The driver was turned over to ICE HSI agents to face federal prosecution for the failed 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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.