Rio Grande, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Rio Grande City port of entry recently seized approximately $500,000 worth of cocaine and arrested a man from Ciudad Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
On June 14, a black 1998 Ford pickup truck driven by a 51-year-old male Mexican national from Ciudad Camargo arrived at the Rio Grande City/Camargo International Bridge. The lone male driver presented his Mexican border crossing card to the CBP officer and was subsequently referred to secondary for a more thorough examination. During the secondary inspection, CBP officers discovered six packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately16 pounds concealed within the vehicle. The cocaine, with an estimated street value of approximately $512,000 and the vehicle were seized by CBP.
The adult male traveler was released to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.
"This was an excellent interception of hard narcotics made by our officers," said Severiano Solis, Port Director, Rio Grande City. "The ability to utilize all available resources and the outstanding commitment to the CBP mission by our officers has enabled us to keep our communities safe from these harmful drugs."
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 keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.