DEL RIO, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Del Rio International Bridge recently discovered more $150,000 worth of suspected narcotics hidden in a vehicle coming from Mexico.
“Smugglers continue to use creative tactics in their attempts to bring contraband into the United States,” said Port Director Alberto D. Perez, Del Rio Port of Entry. “Our frontline CBP officers are dedicated to keeping illicit drugs from entering the country.”
On Feb. 24, CBP officers, working at the Del Rio Port of Entry, encountered a 2008 Dodge Nitro as it arrived in the United States from Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico. Upon inspection, CBP officers discovered 12 packages of suspected methamphetamine in the battery. Officers seized 11.24 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $157,408.
The driver, a 22-year-old San Antonio woman, a citizen of Mexico, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for federal prosecution.
CBP’s Del Rio Port of Entry is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations.
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.