EL PASO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 7.3 pounds of cocaine late Wednesday afternoon. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $233,600.
The seizure was made at approximately 5:00 p.m. Wednesday when a 2001 Ford Focus entered the Ysleta international crossing from Mexico. CBP drug sniffing dog "Cesar" searched the vehicle and alerted to the vehicle. A CBP officer used a "buster" density meter to scan the vehicle and received high readings consistent with hidden contraband. CBP officers scanned the vehicle with the Z-Portal x-ray system and spotted anomalies. CBP officers continued the exam and removed three cocaine-filled bundles from the firewall area of the car.
CBP officers arrested the driver of the car, 20-year-old Erick Garcia Gonzalez of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI special agents to face federal charges in connection with the failed smuggling attempt. He is currently being detained without bond at the El Paso County Jail.
"CBP officers are employing multiple layers of enforcement to stop drug smugglers in their tracks," said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director. "CBP officers remain committed to the mission or protecting America's homeland."
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.