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CBP Seizes 19 Pounds of Cocaine at Presidio Port of Entry

Release Date: 
August 1, 2012

Presidio, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Presidio port of entry seized 19 pounds of cocaine Tuesday. A Presidio man was arrested in the case.

"This is significant because we don't see cocaine very often at this port," said acting CBP Presidio Port Director Ruben Jauregui. "The last time we seized a multi-pound cocaine load here was in November of 2010."

The seizure was made just before 4:00 p.m. when a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria entered the port from Mexico. A CBP officer selected the vehicle for a secondary exam during which a CBP officer noted an anomaly in the appearance of the car. CBP officers x-rayed the vehicle and spotted something suspicious in the trunk area of the car. CBP drug sniffing dog Izmer searched the car and alerted to the presence of drugs. CBP officers located a hidden compartment in the trunk area and removed eight cocaine-filled bundles.

CBP officer took custody of 38-year-old Hector Javier Nieto Jr. of Presidio, Texas. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) HSI agents to face federal drug charges.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017