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CBP Seizes Narcotics Worth More Than $300K at Eagle Pass Port of Entry

Release Date: 
March 22, 2017

EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry recently seized a significant amount of alleged methamphetamine, valued at more than $300,000 during an enforcement action. CBP officers also seized a small amount of alleged marijuana.

CBP officers retrieved eight packages of alleged methamphetamine hidden within the doors of the vehicle.
CBP officers retrieved eight packages
of methamphetamine hidden
within the doors of the vehicle.

“The officers’ experience and ability to utilize all available tools was demonstrated in this seizure,” said Port Director John Brandt, Eagle Pass Port of Entry. “This is another example of our officers’ commitment and vigilance to the CBP mission.”

On March 19, CBP officers at the Camino Real International Bridge inspected a 1991 Chevrolet pickup, bearing Mexican plates, as it arrived from Mexico. Officers utilized a CBP canine and a non-intrusive imaging system for inspection. CBP officers retrieved one small baggie of alleged marijuana from the driver’s pant pocket and eight packages of alleged methamphetamine hidden within the doors of the vehicle. Officers seized a total of 2.43 grams of marijuana and 17.17 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $343,476.

The driver, a 29-year-old man from Zaragoza, Coahuila, Mexico, was arrested by CBP officers and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigations. CBP officers seized the narcotics and vehicle.

The Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within U.S. Customs and Border Protection tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

Last modified: 
March 22, 2017