Del Rio CBP Officers Seize Heroin, Arrest Local Man
DEL RIO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Del Rio port of entry arrested a local man Sunday after finding more than a million dollars worth of heroin hidden in his car.
Around 8:30 a.m. Sunday, a 2001 Dodge Neon, bearing Texas license plates, arrived at the port of entry from Mexico. The driver, a U.S. citizen, was referred for intensive inspection. During inspection, CBP officers discovered several packages that contained heroin.
Officers seized 18 packages containing a total of 27.9 pounds of heroin, worth an estimated $1,118,173. The driver, a 24-year-old Del Rio man, was turned over to agents from Homeland Security Investigations.
"Preventing illicit drugs from reaching our communities is one of the many facets of our job," said Michael Perez, CBP port director, Del Rio. "Our CBP officers' training, experience and attention to detail kept this dangerous contraband from entering the country."
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 U.S. 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.