PRESIDIO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry intercepted eight pounds of cocaine Friday evening with an estimated value of $406,400. The drugs were hidden beneath the center console of a 2004 Chevy Colorado pickup truck.
The vehicle and a lone male driver approached the port and applied for entry at 6 p.m. The vehicle was referred to secondary inspection by officers for a more thorough inspection. Narcotic detector dog “Zetor” was utilized, and a positive alert to the presence of narcotics was given. An x-ray scan of the vehicle revealed anomalies within the vehicle. Further inspection by secondary officers led to the discovery of three bundles hidden within a compartment, beneath the center console. The contents of the bundles field-tested positive for the properties of cocaine.
“The tools and resources that we provide our officers to complete their inspections and perform their duties are everyday essentials” said Presidio Port Director Michael Neipert. “Narcotic detector dogs receive daily training to maintain high proficiency, and the Z-Portal x-ray machine provides greater visual detail”.
The driver, a 40-year old Mexican national, was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Custom Enforcement (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 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.